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Australian Bureau of Statistics
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Closing date: 
10 May 2021
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Remote Area Management Team Members are responsible for assisting the Remote Area Management Team Leader and supporting the Census operations and collection in the workload. 

An understanding of and ability to communicate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are key selection criteria. To ensure these skills and attributes are present within the Census workforce, some RAMT roles will be filled by suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. 

In this role you will use a satellite phone and an electronic device (i.e. a tablet) to carry out your work. You will need to be comfortable using an electronic device to complete activities such as data entry, scanning documents, writing, sending emails and other activities as required.

Key duties

Key responsibilities for Remote Area Management Team members include: 

  • Assist with recruiting and training field staff within communities, remote towns, pastoral stations, roadhouses, caravan parks, hotels etc.
  • Engage with members of the community to raise awareness of the Census
  • Conduct interviews and deliver Census forms to non-private dwellings (i.e. hotels) and private dwellings (i.e. houses) 
  • Manage and keep secure all recruitment, payroll and WHS forms 
  • Manage and keep secure all census collection forms 
  • Manage and keep secure the electronic device 
  • Return completed forms back to the ABS. 
  • Support the RAMT Leader, as required. 

Your qualities, experience and skills 

We are looking for people who have demonstrated experience or knowledge in: 

  • Issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Communicating sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Working within a larger team and following instructions and procedures
  • Working and making decisions independently 
  • Strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills
  • Communicating with electronic devices including satellite phones and other mobile devices
  • Working in remote and regional areas of Australia, including experience in driving a 4wd in a remote area and over long distances.
  • An ability to read and navigate maps
  • Maintaining attention to detail when working in high volume environment operating with tight deadlines. 
  • A current first aid certificate is highly desirable. 
  • Applicants who live in or have worked in the nominated area will be highly regarded.
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. 


You can use the following checklist to see if you meet the physical requirements of this role and could safely perform the following duties: 

  • Driving to/from your work area, during the day or evening in various types of weather and terrain.
  • Repeatedly getting in and out of a vehicle. 
  • Walking around the workload area during the day and evening in varying types of weather conditions. This may involve negotiating steep, uneven and/or slippery terrain, several flights of stairs, and unexpected obstacles. 
  • Carrying Census materials in a satchel, which may include a mobile device and Census forms. 
  • Lifting boxes of Census materials weighing up to 9kg. 
  • Working for several hours and taking regular rest breaks. 
  • Using a desktop computer or tablet and telephone. 
  • If required, undertaking overnight travel to the workload area, this could include travel over several days to undertake enumeration, and may involve driving in rural or remote areas. 

As a worker, you are responsible for: 

  • Taking reasonable care for your own health and safety. 
  • Taking reasonable care that your actions or omissions do not impact the health and safety of other people, including other Census field workers. 
  • Complying, so far as you reasonably can, with any reasonable instruction that is given to you by the ABS in order for the ABS to comply with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. 
  • Cooperating with any reasonable instruction, policy and procedure given to you by the ABS in relation to work health and safety. 


The ABS is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for its workers and to make every effort, where reasonably practicable, to eliminate or minimise risks associated with ABS operations, including risks relating to COVID-19. This commitment includes Field Staff engaged for the Census, who will have face-to-face interactions with the public as part of their role.  ABS will comply with all COVID-19 Legislation and/or policy outlined by the Commonwealth, state or territory government.

We strongly encourage potential candidates to consider the job description, and the inherent duties of the role and whether they may suit their individual circumstances and health when deciding to apply for Field Staff roles.

You will need to upload your resume, provide referee details, answer a range of tick box/ multiple choice questions as well as provide some written responses to demonstrate the skills we are looking for. By using the application link above you can preview the application form to prepare your answers.

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. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability

For more information: 
Australian Bureau of Statistics National Recruitment
1800 249 583