A MESSAGE FROM THE VICTORIAN REGIONAL DIRECTOR
What a busy start to 2011 it has been for the Victorian office.
With the clock ticking down to the 2011 Census night (9 August 2011), the ABS Census Management Unit in Victoria are going full steam ahead. Preparing for the biggest peacetime operation in Australia, Census staff have been busy recruiting area supervisors and field officers, and rolling out a range of promotional activities across the state. Critical to the success of the Census is getting involved with the Victorian community at the 'grass roots' level, including securing partnerships with local governments and community groups to assist in promoting the Census in a number of different ways across the state. This will ensure all Victorians are included in the Census––from city residents in high-rise apartment buildings, to those in regional areas across Victoria, as well as those who are harder to find on Census night, such as homeless people. A large amount of work has already been done, however there is much more to do. The ABS will continue to promote the Census over the coming months, ensuring the best possible Census for the Victorian community and the rest of Australia.
As many of you will know, the Census | beyond the count conference was held in Melbourne from 2 to 4 March and it was great that so many delegates from Victoria, representing all levels of government, as well as academic and business sectors, were able to attend. The conference showcased the diverse and innovative ways in which Census data has been used to make informed decisions for policy development and service provision. A few highlights from the event included Bernard Salt's keynote presentation; Philip Norman's presentation on the value of journey to work data; and Jeremy Reynolds' discussion on how the Victorian Government uses Census data as an evidence base for planning and delivering services. Thank you to all presenters for your participation. The ABS looks forward to hearing many more stories about the innovative ways in which Census data has been used to assist with community planning, infrastructure development, business opportunities and government policy in the future.
You'll find out more about these particular events, information on other ABS activities in Victoria, as well as recent ABS statistical releases, as you read through this issue of Statistics Victoria.
Finally, thanks for reading, and for your ongoing interest in the ABS. I look forward to meeting many of you throughout the year as we continue supporting Victoria through statistics.