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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Discrete Community and Remote Areas Strategy


Discrete Community and Remote Areas Strategy

The ABS has implemented procedures tailored to the enumeration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in discrete communities and remote areas since the 1976 Census.

These targeted procedures are in place to improve coverage, accuracy and quality of the data. At a broad level, these procedures include:
  • Earlier, detailed and ongoing engagement
  • Flexibility of the field operations and staff to ensure that for each area the appropriate enumeration methodology is used and documented
  • Procedures which enhance the collection of data and to allow for closer management of the field operation and the tracking of progress
  • a greater level of support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need assistance

Prior to enumeration, Local Engagement Managers will be employed in select areas, with an aim of undertaking local engagement and intelligence gathering, to work with the Regional Management Unit to lay the groundwork for a successful enumeration by working with local organisations to raise awareness, and to build networks that can assist in identifying applicants for the new positions.

In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and some remote areas, a tailored interview form is used. In these cases the staff employed to undertake the enumeration will train and work with people from the community so that the people from the community can conduct the interviews.

In other pre-defined areas, with high Indigenous populations, Census staff will provide a greater level of support in completing Census forms by offering to conduct an interview if necessary.

See also Discrete Community.




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