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Help tell your community’s story – join our remote area team
22 February 2021

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is recruiting over 300 Census remote area team roles across Australia for the 2021 Census. 

International Mother Language Day - a reminder of the importance of Census language data  
19 February 2021

This Sunday is International Mother Language Day and we're celebrating over 300 languages spoken in Australia (according to the 2016 Census).  

Australian Bureau of Statistics visits Norfolk Island to build engagement and recruit local staff ahead of the 2021 Census
9 February 2021

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will visit Norfolk Island this month to recruit staff and build engagement in preparation for the 2021 Census.

2,665 Field Manager roles available nationwide for the 2021 Census.
1 February 2021
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is recruiting 2,665 Census Field Managers for the 2021 Census.

2021 Census topics and data release plan 
16 November 2020
Presents the final topics included in the 2021 Census and the plans of how and when this information will be released.

There’s still time to complete your Census Test
27 October 2020
Tonight is Census Test night in some parts of Australia and the ABS is encouraging people selected to take part.

Check your letterbox, Darwin
26 October 2020
Households across Darwin have been invited to participate in the Census Test.

Creative and PR agencies appointed for 2021 Census
20 October 2020
BMF Australia, Horizon Communication Group, 33 Creative, and Etcom have been appointed.

2020 Census Test kicking off across parts of Australia
16 October 2020
A large-scale Census Test of around 100,000 households across Australia will start rolling out this week.

Jobs open for Census Test
27 August 2020
Around 300 short-term and temporary jobs are now available for a large-scale Census Test.

Countdown to Census
10 August 2020
One year to go until the next national Census.

ABS releases findings of Census Privacy Impact Assessments
21 July 2020
The Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) examined how the ABS will collect, manage and use personal information in the Census.

ABS announces locations for the Census Test in October 2020
22 June 2020
100,000 households will be asked to participate in the Census Test from selected suburbs in Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin and Canberra, as well as regional centres of Karratha, Warrnambool and surrounds.

2021 Census questions and date announced
18 June 2020
The next Census will be 10 August 2021, with new questions added.

ABS selects Census Privacy Impact Assessment provider
23 August 2019
Galexia to undertake the 2021 Census of Population and Housing Privacy Impact Assessment.

ABS and NT Government Memorandum of Understanding
7 June 2019
A new agreement between the ABS and Northern Territory NT Government.

ABS appoints PwC Australia and The Adecco Group Australia to deliver key 2021 Census services
3 May 2019
PwC Australia to build and operate the 2021 Census digital service. The Adecco Group will help recruit 30,000 temporary field staff.

ABS tests topics for 2021 Census to reflect changing nation
14 November 2018
New and existing topics for further testing and potential inclusion in the 2021 Census.

Have your say on Australia’s 2021 Census topics
3 April 2018
A public consultation seeks input from data users, community groups and organisations on their data needs and the most useful information to collect in the 2021 Census.