The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced it will be seeking 38,000 short-term roles, including 20,000 field officers, to help deliver the 2021 Census of Australia, which will start on August 10.
The ABS is looking for people who are familiar with their local communities, those who can speak a language other than English, as well as those with experience working with diverse population groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, people experiencing homelessness, older Australians, and youth.
“We want to recruit motivated people who are keen to tell their community’s story through the successful collection of census data. Previous experience isn’t a requirement, and training will be provided prior to commencing the job,” Andrew Henderson, the census executive director, told news.com.au.
Australia holds a census every five years, with the collected data helping governments, businesses, and not for profit organisations to make decisions.
“It’s not just about counting people and households, ” Henderson said. “The Census does so much more.”
“Every stat tells a story. It shows a community’s strengths and what’s needed to help them continue to grow. Transport, schools, health care, roads and buildings are just some of the services Census data helps.
There are about 7000 roles available in NSW and Canberra, over 5000 in Victoria, just over 4000 in QLD, over 2000 in WA, around 1500 in SA, almost 600 in Tasmania, and just over 200 in the NT.
The duties of the role include delivering Census instructions and forms, visiting households, promoting Census participation, answering questions, and helping those who need special support to complete the Census. The ABS notes that the working hours are flexible and include weekdays, weekends, and evening
Paying $24.80 per hour, including 25 percent loading and superannuation, the positions will be contracted between July and October.
The ABS is also hiring people for a range of other census roles, including both field jobs and office-based roles, with salaries ranging from $29.51 to $48.30 per hour, plus loading and superannuation.