What does an ABS home based interviewer do?
Home based interviewers visit people in their homes, as well as contact people by telephone, asking questions and recording the answers on a notebook computer. The information collected from people is used to make informed decisions and develop policies to help make Australia a better place.
Hours of work involved
Home based interviewers are assigned a set number of interviews to complete each month. It is up to them to organise themselves, make appointments and encourage people to take part.
Pay and Conditions
- Interviewers work at times when people are free to be interviewed.
- Home based interviewers can work any time between 8.30am to 8.30pm Monday to Friday, and between 9.00am to 5.00pm on weekends.
- Typically, most work is done between 5.00pm and 8.30pm.
- Interviews may involve interviewers travelling alone at night to homes in their area.
- This is a job with work generally available over a 2 week period every month.
Training and support
- The current rate of pay starts at $23.12 per hour ($44,331 p.a.) which attracts a further 9% interviewing loading commencing at ~$2.00 per hour.
- Interviewers on average earn between $600 - $800 (before tax) for a Monthly Population Survey work assignment.
- A Motor Vehicle Allowance (MVA) ranging from 59 to 72 cents per kilometre (depending on the engine capacity of your vehicle) is also payable.
- Newly recruited home based interviewers attend an initial training program which covers every aspect of the job such as interviewing techniques, knowledge of surveys and administrative tasks.
- An experienced interviewer is assigned to each new recruit to provide ongoing job support and guidance.
- All home based interviewers are supervised on the job at regular intervals and receive written feedback from their supervisor.
- Seminars and development workshops are conducted periodically.
This page last updated 15 November 2012