4159.0.55.002 - General Social Survey: User Guide, Australia, 2010  
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Interviewers for the 2010 GSS were primarily recruited from a pool of trained ABS Interviewers having previous experience with ABS household surveys. Those selected to work on this survey, just over 300 interviewers, underwent one day of classroom training aimed at emphasising the survey concepts, definitions and procedures in order to ensure that a standard approach was employed by all interviewers concerned.

Each Interviewer was supervised in the field in the early stages of the survey, and periodically thereafter to ensure consistent standards of interviewing procedures were maintained. In addition, regular communication between field staff and survey managers was maintained throughout the survey via database systems set up for the survey.

Interviewers were allocated a number of dwellings (a workload) at which to conduct interviews. The size of the workload was dependent upon the geographical area. Interviewers living close to their workload area in urban areas usually had larger workloads. Overall, workloads averaged 20-25 dwellings, to be enumerated over a two week period.

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