The five-yearly Census provides critical data and information to support important Australian decisions by governments, community organisations, businesses and individuals.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is reviewing the information collected in the 2021 Census of Population and Housing to ensure it best meets our nation’s needs and informs Australia’s important decisions.
A public consultation, launched today through the ABS website, seeks input from data users, community groups and organisations on their data needs and the most useful information to collect in the 2021 Census.
Population and Social Statistics General Manager Dr Paul Jelfs said, “It’s important that our nation’s largest statistical collection remains relevant and meets users’ needs”.
“Submissions can be easily made via the ABS consultation hub,” Dr Jelfs said.
The ABS will assess any changes suggested through the submission process based on evidence and demonstrated need. We will seek to minimise the burden on the community by managing the number and complexity of questions asked in the Census.
“It’s wonderful to see quality 2016 Census data being used widely and this consultation process is about ensuring our 2021 Census data is even more valuable and useful,” Dr Jelfs said.
“The Census adds to the wealth of knowledge from other ABS data collections,” Dr Jelfs said.
The ABS has been undertaking a comprehensive review of the operation of the 2016 Census and has identified areas of improvement for 2021. As we work towards 2021, the ABS will share our approach to how people can participate in the Census, our approach to ensuring privacy and security of information and how we provide the final Census results.
Submissions on 2021 Census topics close on 30 June. Following analysis, the ABS will publish preliminary findings from this consultation process then make recommendations to the Australian Government.
Details on how to participate, including instructions for making your submission and frequently asked questions are available online at http://www.abs.gov.au/census-consult
The Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Content 2021 publication provides detailed information on the topics.
For access to the latest Census data, please visit www.abs.gov.au/census.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has begun a nationwide search for up to 38,000 enthusiastic people committed to making a difference in their community, as Field Officers for the 2016 Census of Population and Housing on Tuesday, 9 August 2016.
Field Officers will be strong communicators who know their local area well, and are comfortable using technology. Field Officers will follow up with households that don’t participate on Census night and support the collection and delivery of traditional paper forms in areas across Australia.
Head of the 2016 Census Program, Duncan Young said Field Officers are as important as ever in the 2016 Census, even though 65 per cent of Australians are expected to complete their Census online.
“Field Officers will be a critical part of the ABS’ efforts to count close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people across Australia on Census night,” Mr Young said.
“While most people will complete the Census online, Australia isn’t any smaller and we will still need Field Officers in every street, in every suburb and every town to both remind and help people complete their Census.”
“Being a Field Officer is a great opportunity to get outside, make a difference to your local area and help shape the future of Australia.”
Rebecca Tapper, who worked in remote Queensland as a Field Officer on the 2011 Census agrees, saying it was a chance of a lifetime.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to see parts of Australia few people are privileged enough to see.”
“I get to meet new people, learn new skills and gain new experiences and insights,” Ms Tapper said.
The roles and responsibilities of field staff will reflect the changes to the 2016 Census and the digital-first approach.
“Field Officers will need to be comfortable using a computer, tablet or mobile device and have the ability to work from home. They will also use their own vehicle to move around a work area and be able to communicate in English,” Mr Young said.
Field Officers will earn up to $21.61 per hour, receive motor vehicle allowances and enjoy flexible working hours for up to 3 months.
Applicants must be Australian citizens or have the legal right to work in Australia, and hold a valid driver’s licence. To view the applicant information kits and to apply online, visit www.census.abs.gov.au. Applications close on 29 May 2016.
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.
Data from the 2011 Census revealed the most common industry of employment is School Education (467,373), and the most common language spoken at home other than English is Mandarin (336,410). What will the 2016 Census show?
For further information on the 2016 Census, visit www.abs.gov.au/census.
Key 2016 Census dates:
2 May 2016
Field Officer recruitment begins
Late July to early Aug 2016
Instruction letters and forms will be delivered
9 August 2016
Mid Aug to late Sept 2016
The first results from the 2016 Census released