Media release –
New South Wales
Up to 754 Census Area Supervisors needed across NSW02 February 2016 | NSW/141
Are you a good communicator, care about your community, and have strong project and people skills? If you answered yes, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is keen to hear from you.
Up to 805 Area Supervisors are needed for the 2016 Census of Population and Housing on 9 August 2016 to manage Census operations across NSW from Wollongong on the South Coast, to Moree in the north, and Wentworth in the far west.
New South Wales Census Director Liz Bolzan said that Area Supervisors will play a key role, earning close to $35 per hour, and working flexible hours for up to five months.
“Every five years the Census provides an important statistical snapshot of our nation.
“We can’t collect information from close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people in Australia without the help of the large workforce we recruit each Census,” Ms Bolzan said.
Charles Passi is typical of the passionate Area Supervisors who participated in the 2011 Census.
“What I really liked about being involved in was seeing people as they really are in their communities, getting involved, and showing that we care about our communities,” Mr Passi said.
Fellow 2011 Census Area Supervisor Fraser Nye agrees.
“To me the Census is about the humans behind the number. We are valuable and important and it’s about us telling our story,” Mr Nye said.
The roles and responsibilities of field staff will reflect the 2016 Census digital-first approach, with 65 per cent of Australian households expected to complete the Census online.
“Area Supervisors will need to be tech-savvy and have a home based computer to access online training and manage team workloads.
“Each Area Supervisor will recruit, train, lead, and supervise a team of up to 12 Field Officers who will visit homes to support people completing the Census. They will also quality check delivery and collection activities, protect data security, and ensure the health and safety of their teams,” Ms Bolzan said.
Applicants must be Australian citizens or have the legal right to work in Australia, and hold a valid driver’s licence. Applications close on 21 February 2016. To view the applicant information kits and to apply online, visit abs.gov.au/careers
Background information on the 2016 Census of Population and Housing
Data collected from the 2016 Census will support funding decisions for services and infrastructure including housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals, and the environment.
The Census will also track Australia’s changing social and economic landscape. For example, the 2011 Census revealed that 6.9 million people lived in New South Wales and the median age was 38. The median weekly rent increased from $210 in New South Wales in 2006 to $300 in 2011, whilst the proportion of houses rented increased to 30.1%.
For further information on the 2016 Census, visit www.census.abs.gov.au
Key 2016 Census dates:
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