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Census SafeZone Information

The ABS has an obligation to ensure the safety of our staff and community. As a worker, you must comply with reasonable policies, procedures and instructions given to you relating to health and safety.


All field workers must follow the Check-in Check-out Procedures when conducting fieldwork.

Each day that you are in the field, you are responsible for:

  • Checking-in prior to entering the field


  • Checking-out upon safe arrival ‘home’ at the end of your day in the field.

Check in declaration

You are required to check-in prior to entering the field. By checking-in you are confirming that you:

  • Are able to perform the essential duties and meet the physical requirements of the role,
  • Are unaware of any medical issues that potentially would impact your ability to undertake field work,
  • Are not experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms or have not been in close contact with someone currently being tested for or diagnosed with COVID-19, and
  • Have completed a vehicle pre-start check.

If you cannot comply with all of the requirements in this declaration for any reason, or would like to discuss any of the points, please contact your supervisor or the relevant Support Centre BEFORE commencing any work.

Importance of Checking-out

The ABS needs to confirm you have arrived ‘home’ safely at the end of your day in the field. If you have not checked out at the time you have nominated, an Alert will be raised, and your supervisor will be sent an SMS Alert notification.

Your supervisor will take steps to make contact with you. If we are unable to contact you, we will initiate emergency procedures which may include contacting your emergency contact or contact made with your local police.

If there are regular alerts raised by you through the system, additional training may be undertaken or you may contact your supervisor or the relevant Support Centre for system support.


The ABS may initiate communications with you via your ABS Census SafeZone account. Please ensure that you follow the instructions that are provided to you.

Census COVID-19 Information

The ABS is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for its workers. The following actions must to be taken to keep the community and Census staff safe and to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For all Census activities you must:


This includes ensuring there is 4 square metres of space per person and following the limits on gathering numbers.


Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser when unable to wash your hands.


Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.


Even if you only have mild symptoms or feel a little unwell you should stay at home.

Wearing a face covering provides an additional physical barrier and helps to reduce community transmission. You must wear a face covering if it has been mandated by government to do so. Otherwise, the wearing of a face covering is a personal preference.

The ABS and Census Team are actively monitoring the COVID-19 environment to ensure that safety measures are consistent with advice from the Department of Health.

The Census Team provides instructions through their COVID-19 protocols, COVIDsafe Management Plan and 3 Step COVIDsafe plan, and are committed to provide updates as new information becomes available.

Refer to the Knowledge Base for further information.

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