1308.7 - Inform NT, Mar 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/03/2010   
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The 2011 Census is less than 18 months away and the NT is gearing up for the main event.

The Census Management Unit (CMU) commenced in the NT Office in January 2010 with Julie Nankervis appointed as its Director. Julie has extensive experience with census field operations as she was manager for the enumeration of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and surrounding shires during the 2006 Census. Julie and her team were also involved in enumerating the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands in South Australia.

The CMU is busy meeting with Australian, NT and local government agencies, non-government organisations and the general community to:

  • raise awareness
  • gather local intelligence
  • discuss concerns and challenges that may arise before or during the census collection phase
  • discuss the issues related to the recruitment of up to 1,000 field staff, including people from Indigenous communities, to enumerate the NT.
To ensure all people are counted the CMU is also busily designing census collector workloads. Prior to each census, collector workloads are designed to account for any population shifts or housing development since the previous census. The CMU has been working closely with NT Government agencies, shires, municipalities, real estate agents, property developers and other relevant organisations that may have information that will help it identify changes to population and housing in the NT since 2006.

Finally, the CMU has started developing strategies for the homeless, Indigenous persons and travellers to ensure that everyone is counted in the 2011 Census.

For more information or to be part of the planning for the 2011 Census, please see the brochure 2011 Census of Population and Housing Local & Regional Engagement Strategy (cat. no. 2911.0.55.001) or contact the NT Census Engagement Manager on 08 8943 2188.


The publication Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, 2011 (cat. no. 2008.0) was released in November 2009. This publication outlines the content of the 2011 Census and the procedures to be followed in collecting, processing and releasing the data.