ABS gears up for Census; northern suburbs growth expected to be significant


Residential development in north coast suburbs means they could have much higher counts in the 2016 Census than in 2011.
Residential development in north coast suburbs means they could have much higher counts in the 2016 Census than in 2011.

A TALLY of population growth in north coast suburbs will take place later this year, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) preparing for the national Census.

The ABS will start recruiting field officers next week and is looking for 38,000 people nationally to help deliver the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

It aims to count 10 million households and about 24 million people on the August 9 Census night, which will be Australia’s first count where more than two thirds of the population – or 15 million people – are expected to complete the Census online.

“In 2016, the ABS will produce approximately 327 tonnes of less paper material than in the 2011 Census – equivalent to approximately 231 family sedans,” the ABS website said.

It said delivery would take 230,000km less travel this year than in 2011, although the 2016 count would involve 380kg of ink and 16,000L of glue to produce 13.5 million letters.

In the lead up to August 9, households should receive a letter from the ABS, addressed ‘To the Resident’, including a unique login and instructions on how to complete the Census online.

When the last national head count took place in 2011, the population of Jindalee had increased nine-fold in five years to 1180 people.

At that time, the ABS grouped the suburbs of Alkimos, Carabooda and Eglinton together with a total population of 737.

Recent residential development in those suburbs, as well as Yanchep (4247 people in 2011), Two Rocks (2242), Butler (9653) and Clarkson (11,687), is likely to result in higher counts this year.

Field officers will aim to include every household in delivery and collection of Census materials, follow up with households that do not respond, and hold the casual positions for one to three months.

According to the website, the travel-based positions require people to know their local community, be reasonably fit, have a driver’s licence, rights to work in Australia and be comfortable using a computer.

The website said people could earn $21.61 per hour, which includes a 25 per cent loading.

“Job seekers from diverse backgrounds, including non-English speaking backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged to register,” it said.

To register interest in field officer positions, email field.workforce@abs.gov.au. Applications open on May 2.

Key Census dates

February 2016: area supervisor recruitment

May 2, 2016: field officer recruitment starts

August 1, 2016: delivery of instruction letters and forms starts

August 9, 2016: Census night

Mid-2017: first results from the 2016 Census released.