145 Census Collectors hit the streets of Liverpool

29 July 2011 | NSW/46

Census Collectors will hit the City of Liverpool today to deliver Census forms to every home, apartment block, nursing home and hospital.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has employed 145 Census Collectors to travel to every corner of Liverpool and surrounds and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

The Census collects important information that decision-makers use to plan important local infrastructure and facilities.

Someone who has seen the benefits of this is Mrs Pat Hall, Operations Manager for the Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre and Census Area Supervisor for Minto.

“Census information is vital to my needs. It helps me understand the communities I work within so I can work out the programs we need and what sort of funding is required,” Pat says.

“Census information helped me start an internet café. It was also used to help erect an awning outside to shelter visitors.

"I also work closely with the Salvation Army’s Food 4 Life Market. If you are going to work for not-for-profit charitable organisations, it’s important to have access to Census information so that you have an accurate picture of the community and its needs."

Pat is managing a team of eight Census Collectors in Minto and is looking forward to the challenge of counting every household.

"There is a mixture of State Housing and new developments which are being built or are in the process or being completed.

“It will be interesting working out at what stage of completion these homes are at and whether or not they are occupied yet," Pat adds.

More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census or by calling the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776