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New South Wales

400 Census Collectors hit the streets of the Far North Coast

29 July 2011 | NSW/54

Census Collectors will hit the streets of the Far North Coast today to deliver Census forms to each and every house, hotel, resort and houseboat.

400 Census Collectors to travel to every corner of the Far North Coast to ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

David Robinson from Ballina has again joined the Census team as an Area Supervisor for his seventh Census earning himself the nickname "the Guru" amongst his colleagues.

"As Australia celebrates 100 years of Census taking, I am celebrating my own milestone - seven Censuses. The Census is as much a part of my history as it is Australia's," Mr Robinson says.

"It's a wonderful project to work on. There's great team work, a clear start and end date and you can see a final outcome for your community."

The ABS is expecting that 30 per cent of Australians will be choosing to complete their Census forms online using the eCensus this year.

"The eCensus is a much more convenient way to complete the Census form. It's faster, easier and means that your local Census Collector won't have to return to your home to collect your form," Mr Robinson says.

"I had a good uptake of the eCensus during the last Census in 2006 and I expect an even better result this time."

"If the national target is 30 per cent, then I'm aiming for 40 per cent here in the Far North Coast," Mr Robinson adds.

More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census or by calling the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776

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