Employment Opportunity

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is now recruiting Census Engagement Managers for the 2021 Census. Due to the close working relationship with the community, 35 Census Engagement Manager positions will be only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants. These roles are available across the country in all states and territories.

Census Engagement Manager role:

Census Engagement Managers are specialised roles requiring a high degree of community interaction. They will be working within communities telling people about the Census and ensuring everyone can take part and get the help they need. Where possible, Census Engagement Managers will be recruited locally.  
Census Engagement Managers contribute to their communities. They aren’t just about numbers, they empower their community in the use of Census data to help build and shape services.

The Census:

The Census, held on 10 August 2021, is a snapshot of who we are and tells the story of how we are changing. It is one of the largest and most important statistical collections undertaken by the ABS.
Census data is used to assist in making decisions including transport, schools, healthcare, housing, infrastructure and business. It also helps plan support and services for individuals, families and communities.

The data helps us meet the needs of our diverse population groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and vulnerable populations including people experiencing homelessness. For example;

  • Census data helps the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health plan medical clinics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Census data is also used to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can access affordable and culturally appropriate community housing.
  • Census data is a primary source for information on homelessness. Combined with local knowledge, it informs initiatives for housing solutions which provide safe, long-term accommodation for rough sleepers.  


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with strong engagement and communication skills and who love interacting with their mob are encouraged to apply. This is an opportunity to work with their networks and bring their community along on the journey.

Census Engagement Manager job details:

Census Engagement Managers must have high level engagement and communication skills and experience working with diverse populations. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and vulnerable population groups, including people experiencing homelessness.
Census Engagement Managers will work with an established group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement managers from the Centre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.  

Census Engagement Manager’s will earn $53.21 per hour (inclusive of 25% loading), plus superannuation. Employment contracts are from 11 January 2021 until 31 October 2021. These are temporary, casual positions with variable working hours, including days, evenings and weekends.

To apply:

Applications for Census Engagement Manager roles will open on 8 October 2020 and close on 5 November 2020. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and be an Australian citizen at the time of applying (It is a general expectation that employees of the Australian Public Service (APS) are Australian citizens. In some circumstances this can be waivered). For further information on the roles and to apply, visit www.abs.gov.au/careers, affirmative measures positions Census Engagement Manager affirmative measures position  can be found here.

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Social media copy for affirmative measures:Census Engagement Managers are required across Australia. 10-month contract $53.21 p/hr (incl 25% loading + super). If you have engagement and communication skills and love interacting with your community, apply now at www.abs.gov.au/careers.

Applications close: 5 November 2020