Scanning and Data Verification Team Member - APS 1

Thank you for your interest in this temporary employment opportunity with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

Scanning and Data Verification Team Members 

  • Temporary position with working hours (approximately 37.083 hours per week)
  • Dandenong South, Victoria
  • $27.66 per hour (inclusive of 20% loading), plus 15.40% superannuation
  • Contract dates between 27 July 2021 and early November 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 the Census Data Capture Centre

    The Census Data Capture Centre (DCC) located in Dandenong South, Victoria close to the suburb of Lynbrook is set up to process and capture data from all paper forms from the 2021 Census.  The DCC will employ about 200 temporary staff at the peak of its operation and will be a modern, flexible and diverse team-based work environment.

    The DCC is in an industrial business park area of Dandenong South and comprises a combination of office and warehouse space.   There is free parking available both onsite and in the immediate vicinity.  Travel by public transport is limited, however the nearest bus stop is approximately a 7-minute walk away.

    Data Capture Centre Operations include two operational streams: 

    1. Warehouse – performed in the warehouse
    2. Scanning and Data Verification – performed in the warehouse and office


    About the role

    The Scanning and Data Verification Team is responsible for scanning and converting all paper Census forms into a digital format. This will involve feeding pre-prepared Census forms through a high-speed scanning process, then completing quality data verification checks on the scanned images. These quality checks will involve reading the images on a desktop computer and making corrections or adjustments to the image to ensure the data on the form has been accurately converted to a digital format.

    The role can be repetitive in nature and will require the flexibility undertake the following functions:

    • Scanning: Scanning 2021 Census paper forms and converting them into digital images using high end scanners according to set procedures and undertake re-scans if necessary
    • Data Verification: Conduct quality checks on the scanned images on a desktop computer, and make corrections or adjustments to the image on the screen to repair illegible handwriting and/or data that cannot be read
    • Quality Assurance: Perform quality assurance by ensuring materials scanned are correctly handled through the scanning process to minimise the need for re-scans and procedures are followed
    • Materials Handling: Lifting Census forms in boxes from gravity rollers that are ready for scanning and then correctly repackaging scanned materials back into the same boxes and loading onto the gravity rollers ready for pick up when complete
    • Operational Maintenance of Scanners: Undertake basic regular maintenance and cleaning of the scanners to ensure effective operation (e.g. daily vacuuming of scanners to remove foreign materials)
    • Other: Other Data Capture Centre Operations duties as directed by a Team Leader/Supervisor.


    Your qualities, experience and skills

     Experience or demonstrated knowledge in:

    • Strong computer literacy and data entry skills and/or experience working in fast paced office administration roles
    • An ability to quickly learn new processes, software and machinery use
    • Demonstrated attention to detail and an eye for accuracy
    • Proven ability to work in and contribute to a diverse team environment
    • Able to judge and apply instructions logically
    • Good resilience, flexibility and ability to work in a busy, high volume environment and meet tight deadlines
    • Strong communication skills
    • Be highly motivated, reliable and have a strong work ethic
    • Proven abiity to work well under pressure
    • Be safety focused
    • Previous experience using custom databases and software will be an advantage.


    Eligibility and essential 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
    • As data provided by the public in Census forms is highly confidential, a strong commitment to uphold a high standard of data confidentiality is essential for the role
    • Able to stand and work on your feet for at least two hours during scanner operations during your shift, and no restrictions on using stairs. There are no lifts in the building, and stairs are used to move between 2 levels of the building
    • The balance of a shift will be primarily desktop computer-based and involve a high level of keying/mouse work.
    • Capacity to manually handle materials up to 15 kilograms (including twisting, lifting and bending)
    • An ability to understand Work Health and Safety issues, and comply with Work Health and Safety standards, including manual handling processes
    • An ability to understand and comply with ABS policy and guidelines and APS Values and APS Codes of Conduct
    • The ability to work additional hours (if required), move quickly between processes and tasks, and work in a busy, high volume environment with tight deadlines.


    Hours and availability

    • Work may be rostered on a shift work basis between the hours of 7.00 am to 6.00 pm. A standard shift is 7.25 hours (excluding lunch)
    • Shift preferences will be considered as part of rostering
    • Overtime may be available outside of standard operating hours, including weekends during peak periods
    • Availability will be taken into consideration when filling these vacancies. Due to the nature of the work, these positions are not suited to those already working full-time
    • These roles have staggered start dates across the term of the contract
    • Opportunities for contract extensions may be possible but are not guaranteed


    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.
    DCC Officers 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 activities
    • Use assigned personal protective equipment as directed
    • 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
    • Monitor and implement Work Health and Safety procedures to ensure a safe and healthy workforce.

    We strongly encourage potential candidates to consider the job description, and the inherent duties of the role and whether it suits your individual circumstances and health when deciding to apply for the role.


    Employment conditions

    The terms and conditions of your employment are in accordance with Australian Bureau of Statistics Enterprise Agreement 2019. Key things to note are:

    • You will be paid a loading of 20% on top of the base hourly rate, in lieu of paid leave and payment for public holidays (where you are not rostered to work).


    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.