Census Australia 2011 – A quality result?

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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5 Responses

  1. Jenny Grogan says:

    Glenn – has the ABS published the % for eCensus completion?

  2. Kate says:

    Sometimes the census collector’s inability to make contact was entirely their own fault. Ours kept leaving notes stating they would be back on day/time – every time nominating a day/time when everyone was at work or school – but never, ever filling out the contact details so they could be told this. There were plenty of times we were there (given I work part-time and other half is a shift-worker) but s/he didn’t manage to GUESS any of them and clearly preferred to waste his or her time. We mailed it in.

    • Thanks for your input Kate. Collectors are instructed to come back at different times of day, but naturally when you’re employing 30,000 people, the quality of the work and people’s ability and willingness to stick to procedures varies across the group. Fortunately the ABS had the mailback and eCensus options available which made this less of an issue than previous Censuses.

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