PLANNING FOR SUCCESS
The 16th Census of Population and Housing will take place on 9 August 2011 and a lot of planning goes into making it a success. ABS staff have been working diligently behind the scenes designing urban and remote area census collector workloads, as well as developing strategies to ensure specific population groups such as travellers, the homeless, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ethnic groups and occupants of secure apartment buildings are counted accurately.
Over the next couple of months the ABS will be introducing a new role of Local Engagement Manager in selected areas. Local Engagement Managers will work closely with communities and towns in gathering information to help the ABS locate people on census night. The aim is to identify and plan for potential issues that may impede everyone being counted, particularly in remote areas. The ABS is also continuing to meet with agencies from all levels of government, non-government organisations and the general community to promote and raise awareness of the upcoming Census.
Having good quality field staff is paramount to the success of the Census. A gradual build up of staff will begin with the recruitment of District Managers in September 2010, followed by Area Supervisors in February 2011 and then Census Collectors in April 2011. If you are interested in undertaking one of these roles, or know of someone who would be interested, check the Careers page on the ABS website or your local newspaper around these times for details on how to apply.
For more information about or to be part of the planning for the 2011 Census, please see the brochure 2011 Census of Population and Housing Local & Regional Engagement Strategy (cat. no. 2911.0.55.001) or contact the NT Census Engagement Manager on (08) 8943 2188.
CENSUS NATURE AND CONTENT
The publication Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, 2011 (cat. no. 2008.0) was released in November 2009. This publication outlines the content of the 2011 Census and the procedures to be followed in collecting, processing and releasing the data.