30 Census Collectors hit the streets of Mosman

29 July 2011 | NSW/82

30 Census Collectors will hit the streets and hills of Mosman today to deliver Census forms to every home and apartment block to ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

Dedicated Census veteran Michael Darley has been a Collector since 1976 and a local Cremorne resident since 1973.

Michael's Census "beat" is an area he knows very well and he is expecting to successfully achieve an accurate local Census count.

"My beat is just two blocks from where I live. The households are predominantly private homes, a few semi-detached and some three or four story unit blocks," Michael says.

"I'm not anticipating too many challenges. I was a Census Collector in Bondi once where there was a very transient population and many apartments. The well established Cremorne couldn’t be more different."

Michael, who also give back to his local community by working on state and federal elections, believes that being a Census Collector is all about having the right attitute and friendly communication skills.

“When dealing with the public it is important not to be officious. If you approach people in a relaxed, respectful and polite manner than a good count can be a breeze," Michael says.

Michael truly loves working on the Census and has plenty to smile about.

“I really believe in the Census and the role it plays in our communities, plus being paid to exercise and walk around is a benefit!" Michael says.

This year’s Census will be the second time people can complete the Census online and it’s expected up-to thirty per cent of households will choose this method.

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