ABS hiring 20,000 field officers to deliver Census

By Shannon Jenkins

April 12, 2021

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics is on the hunt for 20,000 temporary recruits to help deliver the upcoming 2021 Census, with training to be provided ahead of the national survey.

Census executive director and national spokesperson Andrew Henderson said the ABS was seeking motivated people who want to tell their community’s story to fill the field officer roles.

“Field officers play a vital role as they promote Census participation and answer peoples’ questions. Helping members of the public who need special support to complete the Census is a key role for our Field Officers,” he said in a statement on Monday.

“Previous experience isn’t a requirement and training will be provided prior to commencing the job. We are also recruiting people who can speak a language other than English as part of the job.”

The 2021 Census will take place on August 10.

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Field officers will help the ABS deliver Census instructions and forms, and visit households that have not responded. They will be paid $24.80 per hour (inclusive of 25% loading), plus superannuation for the role.

More than 6000 of the jobs will be available in New South Wales and the ACT, with 5,060 of the roles to be in Victoria, 4,057 in Queensland, and 2,160 in Western Australia.

Meanwhile, 1,423 of the positions will be located in South Australia, 589 in Tasmania, and 210 in the Northern Territory.

The ABS said applicants should have knowledge of their local area, and an ability to read and navigate maps, as well as a driver’s licence and car.

Adecco Australia has been appointed to help undertake the recruitment process.

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