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1376.0 - Local Government and ABS, March 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/03/2011   
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) needs the help of local governments to conduct the largest peace time operation in Australia, the Census of Population and Housing on 9 August 2011.
From April, 29,000 Census Collector job opportunities will be available throughout Australia.
Census workers are vital to the success of the Census, and to their communities, helping to ensure planning for future resources, infrastructure and other community needs.
Working on the Census is a great community-based activity and makes a real difference to the nation, states and local communities.
In the past Census Collectors have included retired managers, former and serving school teachers, community workers, people working part-time and parents at home with children.
Census Collector jobs will be advertised in newspapers and online from early April 2011.
Until then, the public can register their interest in a Census Collector job through the ABS website
Census Collectors are needed to help deliver and collect approximately 14.2 million Census forms to Australia’s 9.8 million households.
Across Australia, Collectors will be responsible for about 500 households in cities or about 200 households in Australia’s regional areas.
Census Collectors will receive between $1,100 and $2,300 for the part-time position and will be employed from 1 July until 8 September.
The ABS provides all training for Collectors.
If your Local Government wants to be involved in the 2011 Census, simply contact the Public Relations Manager in your state or territory.

Queensland – Marsali MacKinnon (07) 3222 6180
New South Wales & ACT – Erin Dale (02) 9268 4386
Northern Territory – Jason McIntosh (02) 8943 2157
South Australia – Anna Jackson (08) 8237 7638
Tasmania – Donna Sookee (03) 6222 5947
Victoria – Clare Lapworth (03) 9982 6205
Western Australia – Marie-Louise Hunt (08) 9360 5109


The Regional @ a Glance page is a great place to start if you are looking for data or information about regional statistics.


'Services to Local Government' is a series of information pages designed to help you find data for your Local Government Area and inform you how to keep up to date with the latest ABS releases and available training. It also provides information about how ABS uses local government data. You can find the 'Services to Local Government' pages by heading to the ABS Home Page, clicking on 'Services' along the top navigation bar and following the link to 'Local Government'.


'Understanding Statistics' is a series of help pages available from the ABS website. These pages provide an overview of statistical terms and methods used by the ABS and other statistical agencies as well as information on ABS training courses, online tutorials, presentations and resources. You can find the 'Understanding Statistics' link under the 'All Statistics' section at the top of the left navigation bar on the ABS Home page.

Recently added to the 'Understanding Statistics' portal is 'A Guide for Using Statistics for Evidence Based Policy'. The article discusses what evidence-based decision making means and how statistics can enhance the decision-making process.


This newsletter is designed to improve communication between the ABS and the Local Government Sector. New ABS initiatives to assist local government organisations will be announced in this newsletter as they evolve.

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