30 Census Collectors hit the streets of Moree Plains

29 July 2011 | NSW/71

30 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census Collectors will hit the streets and roads of Moree Plains today to deliver Census forms to every home, farm and township and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

During the recruitment process for this year’s Census, the ABS worked hard to ensure local Census teams reflected the diversity of each region.

Darrel "Dippa" Smith, has 15 years’ experience in education and employment in the New England and is the proud coach of the Moree Aboriginal girls’ soccer team, and says he’s excited to be part of the 2011 Census team.

"Working on the Census is a great way to give back to my community. It’s important that everyone knows just how important the Census is for our future," Darrel says.

“It is important to get an accurate Census count so that funding and services are provided where they are needed. Census information helps plan things that we use every day such as roads, housing and health services.

"Remember, your privacy is protected by law. No government agency will ever see your answers."

Plenty of help and assistance is provided to anyone whoneeds help filling in their Census form, including the elderly and those with sight or literacy problems.

“If you need help just let your local Census Collector know. They are able to interview you and fill out your Census form for you if needed," Darrel added.

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