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New South Wales

Bourke and Cobar District Manager needed for first digital Census

6 November 2015 | NSW/136

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is looking for a 2016 Census District Manager for the Bourke and Cobar region.

Head of the 2016 Census Program Duncan Young said this is a once-in-five year opportunity to play a key role in Australia’s largest peace-time logistical exercise, and make an important contribution to the Bourke and Cobar communities.

“The Census provides an important statistical snapshot of our nation,” Mr Young said.

“For example, the 2011 Census showed that 641 families live in Bourke, while 1,065 live in Cobar. Collectively there are 3,622 private dwellings in both towns, and the median age is 35.

“This information supports future funding decisions for services and infrastructure, including housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals, and the environment.

“As a District Manager, you will help make sure everyone is included in the Census so the ABS accurately captures this information again in 2016.

“You will also be part of one of the biggest online events in Australia, with 65 per cent of Australian households expected to complete the Census online next year,” he said.

2016 Census field staff will need to be tech-savvy and are expected to use their own computer, smartphone or tablet.

District Managers must have good communication skills, know their local community well, and have strong project and people management skills.

They will earn up to $50.15 per hour for up to 10 months. Working hours are flexible.

Across New South Wales (NSW), 23 District Managers will supervise the recruitment and training of up to 750 Area Supervisors and up to 6,900 Field Officers.

The District Manager applicants must be Australian citizens or have the legal right to work in Australia. Applicants must also hold a valid driver’s licence.

To view the applicant information kits and to apply online, visit www.abs.gov.au/careers. Applications close on 12 November 2015.

Media contact:
David Cooper: (P) 1300 175 070 (E) media@abs.gov.au


Key Census dates:

15 October 2015

1 February 2016

2 May 2016

1 August 2016

9 August 2016

Mid-2017

District Manager recruitment begins

Area Supervisor recruitment begins

Field Officer recruitment begins

Delivery of instruction letters and forms begins

Census night

The first results from the 2016 Census released

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