1308.7 - Inform NT, Sep 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/10/2010   
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Consultation Begins on Proposed 2011 Census Output
'Census – Beyond the Count' Conference
NT Government and ABS Working Together
Local Engagement Managers Begin Work
Identifying Potential Recruitment Pool for Remote Areas


The ABS is committed to releasing the results of the 2011 Census through a wide range of products and services designed to make it easy for users to access the data they need. The ABS signalled the start of its consultation process on its 2011 Census output program with the release of Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing – Proposed Products and Services, 2011 (cat. no. 2011.0) in July 2010. The paper outlines the key products proposed, plans to discontinue some products and an indicative release timetable.

A session to inform users of census data of these plans and seek their feedback on them is to be held in Darwin on 20 October 2010. This session will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the new geography to be used for the 2011 Census. The session will run for two hours, with a one hour presentation followed by one hour for a question and answer discussion. For session time, location, RSVP details and contact for further information, please see the national timetable.


In the lead up to the 2011 Census, the ABS will be hosting an exciting showcase event to promote the effective and innovative use of census data by government, community and private sector organisations. The 'Census | beyond the count' conference will be held in Melbourne from 2–4 March 2011. Speakers will be from a broad range of state, regional and local government bodies, charitable organisations and private institutions. If you or your organisation take census data beyond the count, we would love to hear from you. Visit the Census | beyond the count website or email beyondthecount@abs.gov.au to find out more. You can also follow developments on twitter @beyondthecount.


The NT Government and the ABS have committed to working in partnership to support the 2011 Census. Larnie McLintock from the NT Treasury, has joined Rebecca Luxford from the ABS to form the Census Coordination Team. Over the next couple of months, Larnie will work closely with Rebecca in the ABS NT Office to gain an understanding of plans and strategies for the 2011 Census, and areas where the NT Government can assist. Key issues for the Census Coordination Team include:

  • progressing the relationship between NT Government and the ABS
  • assisting with identifying relevant administrative datasets that could be used to assist with the validation of the 2011 Census data
  • promoting recruitment for the 2011 Census across the NT Government
  • promoting the benefits of the 2011 Census across the NT Government.

The ABS has also formed a partnership with the NT Government's Aboriginal Interpreter Service to deliver the Census message in language to Indigenous communities in the NT. One of the projects being developed under this partnership is a 'Talking Poster' which delivers the key Census messages in a range of Indigenous languages at the touch of a button. The posters are being trialled in a couple of communities and, if successful, the ABS will be aiming to roll them out across all the major communities in 2011.


Five Local Engagement Managers have commenced engagement activities across the northern Australia region with another five located across the rest of Australia. Planning is well underway with the Local Engagement Managers setting out the first phase of their activities to engage their local communities. A range of activities have already started, including attendance at the Garma Festival, the Ngukurr Futures Forum and also meeting with local council and community members while visiting remote Indigenous communities. Local Engagement Managers have received an excellent response to their activities so far, including valuable feedback for the conduct of the 2011 Census.


The ABS recently contacted tourist organisations throughout the NT and the northern regions of Queensland and Western Australia seeking permission to display postcards inviting travellers to register their interest in working in remote areas for the 2011 Census. Early next year the ABS will contact those travellers who have registered their interest to establish where they are located and their availability.