Chris Libreri, General Manager, Census Division

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Since July 2019, Chris Libreri has been the General Manager of the Census Division. The Division incorporates two core Branches - 2021 Census Field Operations which is responsible for conducting all provider facing elements of the Australian Census of Population and Housing, and 2021 Census Data Operations which is responsible for data capture and processing, data quality and data dissemination for all Censuses. The Division also includes a supporting area, 2021 Census Communication which is responsible for the 2021 Census public relations and communications.

Chris joined the ABS in 1980 and prior to his current appointment he was the General Manager Census and Statistical Services Division (2015-19) which included ABS National Data Acquisition Centre, Head of Human Resources Branch (2009-14), Acting Chief Operating Officer (2013), Regional Director ABS New South Wales Office (2008-09), Regional Director Northern Territory Office (2007-08); and prior to that Director of Service Industry Statistics; the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics; ABS Business Frames; and Corporate & Client Services Branches - all based in the Victorian Office. He had also previously worked in Social Analysis, Public Finance Statistics, Population Survey Operations and the Central Marketing areas of the ABS. He has completed post-graduate qualifications in Management (University of Canberra) and Statistics (Victoria University).

The Census Division is geographically dispersed with Census staff predominantly in Canberra but with cells in Melbourne, Sydney and Darwin. Chris has a particular focus on quality management, Agile, and engaging with key clients and providers.

In the past, he has represented the ABS on a number of Australian Public Service coordination and advisory fora as well as a number of specific Australian Public Service technical groups. Internationally, he has worked closely with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Statistical Institute for the Asia Pacific (SIAP) and has led statistical missions to a number of countries including Indonesia. He is also a current member of the International Census Forum.

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