Join the team for this year’s Census

ARE you a good communicator, care about your community, and have strong project and people skills?

If you answered yes, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is keen to hear from you.

Up to 805 area supervisors are needed for the 2016 Census of Population and Housing on August 9 this year to manage Census operations across NSW from Wollongong on the South Coast, to Moree in the north, and Wentworth in the far west.

New South Wales Census director Liz Bolzan said that area supervisors will play a key role, earning close to $35 per hour, and working flexible hours for up to five months.

"Every five years the Census provides an important statistical snapshot of our nation," Ms Bolzan said.

"We can't collect information from close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people in Australia without the help of the large workforce we recruit each Census."

Charles Passi is typical of the passionate Area Supervisors who participated in the 2011 Census.

"What I really liked about being involved in was seeing people as they really are in their communities, getting involved, and showing that we care about our communities," Mr Passi said.The roles and responsibilities of field staff will reflect the 2016 Census digital-first approach, with 65 per cent of Australian households expected to complete the Census online.

"Area supervisors will need to be tech-savvy and have a home-based computer to access online training and manage team workloads," Ms Bolzan said.

"Each area supervisor will recruit, train, lead, and supervise a team of up to 12 field officers who will visit homes to support people completing the Census.

"They will also quality check delivery and collection activities, protect data security, and ensure the health and safety of their teams."

Applications close on February 21. To view the applicant information kits and to apply online, visit

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