Census - The importance of recording voluntary work


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducts the Census of Population and Housing every five years – the next Census is on 9 August 2016.

It’s crucial that everyone in Australia participates on Census night as the Census gives us a snapshot of Australia. Importantly, it will allow us to see the differences in the community between our last Census, which was conducted in 2011 until now. Census data supports funding and planning for services and infrastructure in the community, including housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals, and the environment.


The importance of recording and recognising voluntary work

We would like to draw your attention to Question 51 in the Census, which asks “In the last twelve months did the person spend any time doing voluntary work through an organisation or group?” We encourage you and everyone you know to please answer this question as this data provides a snapshot of the significance of volunteering to Queensland’s wellbeing. It helps to better service volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. It is used in policy development, service delivery, media reporting, and forms the basis of many important decisions.


Census Field Officers

The ABS is currently hiring thousands of community-minded Queenslanders as Census Field Officers. These are paid part-time roles for people who are comfortable using a computer, mobile or tablet device, to join their team and play a role in shaping the future of Australia. A Census Field Officer’s duties many vary, depending on their assigned area. Apply now and make a difference: abs.gov.au/careers

And if you aren’t looking for paid work, you can still contribute to the success of the 2016 Census by volunteering to help friends, relatives or neighbours fill out their Census form on 9 August 2016.