One year to go until 2011 Census - connecting with local communities (Media Release)

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9 August, 2010
Embargoed: 11.30 am (AEST)

One year to go until 2011 Census - connecting with local communities

With exactly one year to go until the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS’) Census of Population and Housing on 9 August 2011, planning is well underway for the largest peace time logistical exercise in Australia.

The Census aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census night wherever they are, from Australia’s research hubs in Antarctica to remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia.

Next year’s Census remains the most comprehensive way of providing a snapshot of Australia, our key characteristics and where we live.

The Census helps define who we are and what your community looks like now and into the future. Census data supports planning, decision-making and funding at all levels of government, and is behind the services and facilities you use in your community every day.

The first results from the 2011 Census will be made public in June 2012.

For the first time the ABS will use Local Engagement Managers (LEMs) to connect with communities in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.

The LEMs listed below will work with local communities to raise awareness of the Census, improve participation, and help recruit field staff.

Michelle Milzewski – Katherine
Gary Cassidy – Mt Isa
Scott Beverstock – Nhulunbuy
Aaron Campbell – Alice Springs
Brenda Smith – Alice Springs

A LEM position is still available in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Key Census dates

February 2011 – Census recruitment launch

July 2011 – National launch of the Census

28 July 2011 – eCensus opens to the public

9 August 2011 – Census night

10 August – Early September 2011 – Collection of Census forms

June 2012 – The first results from the 2011 Census will be released

For more information about the Census Local Engagement Managers, contact David McHugh, Census Media Manager on 0457 545 711.