Data Entry Supervisor - APS 3

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is seeking Data Entry Supervisors to join the Coding team for the 2021 Census of Population and Housing.

  • Non-ongoing full-time role with set start and end times (7 hours 25 mins per day)
  • Located in Belconnen, ACT (office-based role)
  • $36.04 per hour (including 20% loading) + 15.4% Superannuation
  • Contract dates between 5 July 2021 and 21 March 2022

These positions have a rolling contract start date between July 2021 and October 2021


About the Australian Bureau of Statistics

We are Australia’s national statistical agency. We aim to understand Australia’s data needs to inform important decisions about our nation’s future.

To learn more about the ABS visit here

About the Census

The Census of Population and Housing (Census) is run every five years and is one of the largest and most important collections to count the number of people and houses in Australia. The Census collects information about where we live, age, our culture, religion, income, education, living and housing arrangements. The information is used to make important decisions, such as government funding, input into policy-making and electoral boundaries.


The next Census will be held on 10 August 2021. To learn more about the Census visit here.


About Census Data Coding

The Census Data Operations Centre (DOC) is responsible for processing and coding responses from all digital and paper forms quickly and accurately. Coding is the process of assigning a code from a pre-determined statistical classification or code list to a piece of input information for the purpose of producing statistics. It is governed by guiding principles and processes to ensure correct and accurate information is captured. Coding is undertaken by both automated processes and by clerical staff using computer programs.


Teams of Data Entry Officers will be coding responses across several topics:

  • Family & Household
  • Address
  • Industry
  • Occupation
  • Qualifications
  • Demographics
  • Frame Reconciliation

Data Entry Supervisors will each supervise a team of up to 10 Data Entry Officers.

About the role

APS3 Data Entry Supervisors will be responsible for managing a team of up to 10 APS1 level staff engaged in computer-based processing work. The role involves monitoring team performance, output delivery, quality, and schedule, and supporting the team through mentoring and resolving queries. The role also involves the administrative responsibilities of managing attendance and conduct. Data Entry Supervisors are responsible for ensuring safe work practices and upholding the confidentiality of information provided to the ABS in accordance with APS and ABS Policy and Legislation requirements. 


Your qualities, experience, and skills

  • Leading or managing a team, with direct supervisor responsibilities
  • Good teamwork skills and an optimistic, flexible attitude which promotes a positive workplace culture and productive working relationships
  • Train and mentor staff in a busy, high volume environment operating with tight deadlines
  • Computer literacy skills, including the ability to learn and follow established instructions for computer-based processing tasks
  • Basic data analysis skills, including the ability to use ABS systems and Excel to monitor work performance, productivity, and quality
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to effectively provide feedback to staff on work performance, productivity, and quality
  • Ability to identify and resolve issues
  • Understand, comply, and monitor team compliance with ABS guidelines, APS values and APS Codes of Conduct and Work Health and Safety in workplace


Eligibility and positions requirements

To be eligible for this position you must meet the requirements listed below:

  • Australian citizenship – You must be an Australian Citizen or have the legal right to work in Australia. Evidence will be required during pre-employment screening. Preference will be given to Australian citizens.
  • Character checks – If you are found suitable for employment, you will be required to undergo a number of pre-employment checks which will include an identity check, and national police check.
  • Health Self-assessment – As part of your application, you are required to complete a health self-assessment to demonstrate you are fit and able to safely perform the role.
  • Must have the ability to understand and comply with:
    • ABS policy and guidelines; and
    • APS Values and APS Code of Conduct

Data confidentiality

The ABS takes its duty to protect the data it collects very seriously. We abide by the Australian Privacy Principles and our legislative requirements, including the Census and Statistics Act. We understand that keeping public data secure means we need to continuously review our practices and procedures.

To protect the confidentiality of Census data, the Data Operations Centre does not allow personal electronic devices (such as mobile phones) in specified work zones. Staff are provided with secure lockers to store their belongings which can be accessed during regular break periods.


Health and Safety

The ABS is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for its workers and to make every effort, where reasonably practicable, to eliminate or minimise risks associated with ABS operations, including risks relating to COVID-19.

Data Operations Centre staff must exercise duty of care while at work by:

  • Taking reasonable care for their own health and safety including participating in compulsory rest and stretch breaks;
  • Taking reasonable care that their actions or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of others;
  • Complying, so far as they are reasonably able to, with any reasonable instruction given by the ABS to allow the ABS to comply with Work Health and Safety laws; and
  • Monitoring and implementing Work Health and Safety procedures to ensure a safe and healthy workforce.

The ABS is monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 environment and actively managing safety measures consistent with Government advice.  

Employment conditions

The terms and conditions of your employment are in accordance with the Australian Bureau of Statistics Enterprise Agreement 2019.


 Recruitment Selection Process

  • Online Application form
  • Game based assessment
  • Video interview
  • Phone interview
  • Reference checks
  • Pre-employment Check
  • Contract

Note: Job offers are pending the outcomes of pre-employment checks.

How to apply

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For any other queries, please contact Adecco Census Recruitment Team on 1300 233 445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.