The Tangentyere Aboriginal Corporation
The Tangentyere Aboriginal Corporation (TAC) are a long-term supporter of the Census. They provided valuable insights to the 2021 Census ‘remote expert’ advisory group. This resulted in many enhancements to the specifically designed Census form for remote communities, the Interviewer Household Form. It also improved Census materials and training for field officers working in these communities.
TAC subsequently supported a remote test in 2020 and provided opportunities for their Research Hub staff to form a local management team in 2021. This team ultimately led and collected information from all the Alice Springs town camps.
The relationship between the ABS and TAC is a clear example of where strong ongoing engagement and partnerships can lead to better outcomes.
Arabic virtual information session
In conjunction with the SydWest Multicultural Services, the ABS conducted an Arabic virtual Census information session during the Sydney COVID lockdown. The highlight was the question and answer session, which lasted for over an hour and received very positive feedback from the participants.
The Census Lesson Guides for CALD communities
These proved a particularly popular resource with CALD communities. The guides were distributed to educational institutions in all states and territories to be integrated into their curriculum. The guides were used extensively in the Adult Migrant Educational Program, which helps support new migrants to learn English language skills. This meant that these students were able to learn about the Census as part of their English lessons.
Nyamba Buru Yawuru organisation
In Broome, Western Australia, the ABS partnered with Nyamba Buru Yawuru organisation to support local residents. They reached out to their network of elders to offer assistance, and directly supported Census field officers in walking the beat of Broome streets during the Follow-Up phase, thus ensuring a more accurate count.
The Yawuru people are the traditional owners of the lands and waters in and around Rubibi (the town of Broome) from Bangarangara to the yalimban (south) to Wirrjinmirr (Willie Creek) to the guniyan (north), and banu (east) covering Roebuck Plains and Thangoo pastoral leases, in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia.
More than a job
For some new migrants, a Census job was their first taste of employment in Australia. A recent immigrant from Iraq conducted a fill in the form session in Arabic and ran a pop-up hub in his hometown of Geelong. To him, the Census represented more than just an employment opportunity, but a chance to make a contribution to his new country while promoting the benefits of the Census to the Iraqi community in his area.
Seasonal farm workers
In the Mid North and Riverland regions of South Australia, a staff member from the Pacific Islands engaged with employers to help arrange and promote fill in the form sessions for seasonal farm workers. These workers are part of the Pacific Labour Scheme to fill labour shortages.
The fill in the form sessions were held in a classroom and 500 workers whose English was not strong were able to be counted accurately in the Census. For most it was potentially their only Australian Census.