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Australian Bureau of Statistics
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Closing date: 
5 November 2020
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is seeking highly motivated individuals with strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills to join our team for the 2021 Census.

The ABS expects to fill up to 35 Census Engagement Manager Affirmative Measures roles across Australia including capital cities, regional and remote areas.

The filling of this employment opportunity is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8 (1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and is restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants’.

Key duties

The Census Engagement Manager (CEM) roles are critical for us to deliver on our commitment to improve the quality and relevance of Census data for all Australians, including diverse population groups.

As a CEM, you will play a key role in maximising participation in the Census through joining the ABS’ existing engagement program and undertaking engagement activities with a range of stakeholders, community groups and members of the general public. These roles will join an established team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Managers and will work alongside a team of people who specialise in engagement with specific population groups and sectors (Homelessness and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse). All CEM roles will focus on connecting the ABS to members of the community and those in hard to count population groups and sectors.

In your role you may be required to:

  • connect with different population groups and communities and maintain those relationships
  • develop and review work plans for your area
  • identify specific strategies to address any operational issues for when Census is taking place
  • train and manage a small team of field staff
  • work remotely and/or travel to various work areas
  • complete administration forms (such as timesheets) and other duties as directed

How to apply

You will be required to complete an online application form via the ABS e-recruitment system. As part of your application you are required to:

  • upload a copy of your resume
  • provide the details of one referees (who should be your current line manager, or most recent if not currently working)
  • prepare your response to the statement of claims to the panel outlining your skills and experience.


It is a general expectation that employees of the Australian Public Service (APS) are Australian citizens. In some circumstances this can waivered. 

Successful applicants will be required to confirm their Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander Heritage. 

If you are identified as the preferred applicant for a job, you will be required to undergo a number of pre-employment checks, which may include a police records check and health clearance.

All candidates for the Census temporary roles must be over the age of eighteen at the time of employment.


ACT Canberra and surrounds 
New South Wales Sydney, Redfern, Wilcannia, Brewarrina, La Perouse
Northern Territory Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Groote Eylandt, Litchfield, Tiwi Islands
Queensland Brisbane, Ipswich, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Camooweal, Cooktown, Cherbourg, Woorabinda, Torres Strait Islands, Bamaga, Normanton
South Australia Adelaide, Ceduna, APY Lands, Coober Pedy
Tasmania Hobart, Launceston and North East Tasmania, North West Tasmania
Victoria Melbourne, Geelong, Lake Tyres, Framlingham
Western Australia Perth, Broome, Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Roeburn, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie

Indigenous job seekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. 

Getting to know the Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) purpose is to inform Australia's important decisions by partnering and innovating to deliver relevant, trusted, objective data, statistics and insights. As the national statistical authority for Australia and provider of statistical services to the states and territories, we focus on three priorities:

  • Providing high quality official statistics and insights
  • Transforming the ABS for the future
  • Delivering new statistical solutions to maximise the value of public data.

We operate in a dynamic, continually transforming environment. New technology, statistical methods and opportunities for accessing and integrating data are becoming available, growing the potential to provide new insights into matters of importance to Australians, businesses, and community organisations. The ABS houses permanent offices in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin, Dandenong and Geelong. We also have a number of field staff working across all parts of Australia. We encourage and value a diverse workforce. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with a disability are encouraged to apply. To find out more visit 'Careers' on our website.

For more information: 
Bud Walker
(08) 8943 2106
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