2001 Census: Up to 500 jobs going in ACT & SE NSW, Mar 2001

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March 15, 2001
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)

2001 Census: Up to 500 jobs going in ACT & SE NSW

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today launched one of the largest peacetime recruitment campaigns ever held by a single organisation in Australia - with up to 30,000 jobs being filled to count Australia on Census Night, 7 August 2001. Of these up to 500 jobs are on offer in the ACT and South East NSW.

The campaign was launched at the Canberra Museum and Gallery by ACT Deputy Chief Minister Brendan Smyth. According to ACT Regional Director Tracy Stewart, the size of the recruitment campaign undertaken for the Census rivals the search for Olympic volunteers. "The main difference is that our collectors are paid," said Tracy.

"The census is a comprehensive snapshot of Australia, undertaken every five years. It is a great national project that underpins our democracy, playing a major role in setting electoral boundaries. It provides a primary source of information used by a wide range of government and non-government organisations alike in planning for the future."

Users of census statistics include government agencies at the Federal, State and Territory and local levels, social service organisations, churches, educational and research organisations, businesses and individuals. "Information from the census is available to the community through the ABS," Tracy said.

The census gives a reliable basis to estimate the population of each State, Territory and local government area. Population estimates based on the census are used to determine the number of seats allocated to each State and Territory in the House of Representatives, and in the allocation of financial assistance grants to the States and Territories.

The ABS is ready to train the large number of Collectors being taken on throughout all areas of the ACT and SE NSW to perform a vital role in our community.

"Census Collectors deliver a census form and a census guide to every household in their collection district prior to census night. We will be seeking collectors from all walks of life."

Application forms are available from Australia Post offices, agencies and Business Centres.

"Most Collectors will be paid between $800 and $1,500, depending on workload - a great bonus leading up to Christmas! Generally, recruits use their own vehicles."

To mark the first census of the new millennium, the ABS will be issuing every 2001 Census worker with a commemorative pin.


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