100 Years of Census: Help shed some light on your neighbourhood

In 1911 the first national Census was undertaken by the Federal Government. One hundred years later and the Census remains a vital tool for planning for future resources and infrastructure.

The Census is Australia’s largest peace-time operation. Despite Census night not being until 9 August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has already started recruiting.

Tony Burke said “More than 43,000 Census jobs will be created ranging from Area Supervisors, to collectors, to back office staff, as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) goes on a recruitment drive.”

The first 3,500 jobs are Area Supervisor positions, who will oversee the distribution and collection of Census forms to Australia’s 9.8 million households. In April a further 29,000 collector positions will be advertised nationally.

“In Watson approximately 17 area supervisors and a further 140 collector positions will be recruited. The collection of accurate information helps to ensure that our local community receives their fair share,” Tony Burke said.

“This is the 16th Census and marks 100 years of national Census taking in Australia.

“More than ever, Area Supervisors are essential to the success of the Census. They help inform planning for future resources and infrastructure and ensure other community needs are placed in their towns,” Tony Burke said.

Area Supervisors will receive between $4,300 and $7,500 for the part-time position and will be employed from 18 April until 7 October.

More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census

Key Census dates

February 2011 – Recruitment of Area Supervisors begins.
2 - 4 March 2011 – Census ‘Beyond the Count’ conference.
Early April 2011 – Recruitment of Census Collectors begins.
28 July 2011 – eCensus opens to the public.9 August 2011 – Census night.
10 August – Early September 2011 – Collection of Census forms.
June 2012 – The first results from the 2011 Census will be released.