Become a Census Engagement Manager

October 22, 2020 in MCCSA

Help tell your community’s story – become a Census Engagement Manager.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is now recruiting Census Engagement Managers for the 2021 Census. Seventy-five roles are available across the country in all states and territories.

Census Engagement Managers are specialised roles requiring a high degree of community interaction. Census Engagement Managers will be working within communities telling people about the Census and ensuring everyone can take part and get the help they need. Where possible, Census Engagement Managers will be recruited locally.

Census Engagement Managers contribute hugely to their community and Australia. They don’t just help the Census to collect and make statistics. They help Census data inform services for their community and build a better future for everyone.

The Census, held on 10 August 2021, is a snapshot of who we are and tells the story of how we are changing. It is one of the largest and most important statistical collections undertaken by the ABS.

Census data is used to inform important decisions including transport, schools, healthcare, housing, infrastructure and business. It also helps plan support and services for individuals, families and communities.

The data helps us meet the needs of our diverse population groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and vulnerable populations, including people experiencing homelessness.

Census data helps the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health plan medical clinics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The data informs the Royal Flying Doctors Service’s primary healthcare services in rural and remote Australia. And it’s used by Welcoming Australia to plan settlement and support services for refugees, people seeking asylum, and recently arrived migrants.

Census data is a primary source of information on homelessness. Combined with local knowledge, it informs initiatives for housing solutions that provide safe, long-term accommodation for rough sleepers.

Census Engagement Managers must have high level engagement and communication skills and experience working with diverse population groups. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and vulnerable populations, including people experiencing homelessness.

Census Engagement Manager’s will earn $53.21 per hour (inclusive of 25% loading), plus superannuation. Employment contracts are from 11 January 2021 until 31 October 2021. These are temporary, casual positions with variable working hours, including days, evenings and weekends.

Applications for Census Engagement Managers will open on 8 October 2020 and close on 5 November 2020. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and be an Australian citizen at the time of applying. (It is a general expectation that employees of the Australian Public Service are Australian citizens. In some circumstances this can be waivered).

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

If you have strong engagement and communication skills and love interacting with your community, this is an opportunity to work with your networks and bring your community along on the journey.

Please view the applicant information kits and submit your application by 5 November 2020 via the ABS website at

No cost for COVID-19 tests

July 27, 2020 in MCCSA
There is no cost to get a COVID-19 test if you go to an SA Health COVID-19 Clinic.
Overseas residents who do not have Medicare or travel insurance can still get a free COVID-19 test.
If you have any of the below symptoms, even if mild, get tested:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
Testing is safe, hygienic, and quick.
If you visit a private provider, such as a GP, they may charge a gap fee for a test or a referral.
There are plenty of places where you can get tested for COVID-19.
To get tested try:
🚗Drive-through testing
👨⚕️Respiratory Clinics
🧪COVID-19 Clinics
🏠Home testing
💻Other book-in options
or call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 to find a clinic near you.

Celebrating the Year of Welcome – Online

June 16, 2020 in Media Release, News

As we join our fellow Australians and people from all over the world to celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees in our society and communities from 14-20 June this year, the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia would like to use this as an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to welcoming refugees and strengthening cultural and religious diversity in our community.

In as much as we miss our welcoming dinner events and other social activities to celebrate refuge week this year, MCCSA CEO Helena Kyriazopoulos said the Multicultural Communities Council of SA  will innovatively continue to build social cohesion and understanding of cultural differences through respectful collaboration with, between and beyond CALD communities.

She said we should all “throw our support behind our refugee communities and their families as they seek support to realise their potential and actively contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of South Australia.

Refugee Week should be an opportunity for us to recognise and reflect on the unique and resilient experiences of our refugee and asylum seekers. Despite the obstacles posed by COVID 19 we should all embrace the online welcoming initiatives and connect via the various available platforms to mark this special day”.

This year’s theme for refugee week is “Year of Welcome” and will be celebrated online and there are resources to help individuals and organisations plan activities to mark the week.

Lots of great ideas can be found at Refugee Council of Australia webpage.

Australia is a great country so let us make use of the strength in our diversity and embrace with open arms our refugee communities and their families in South Australia.

MCCSA would also like to thank all the volunteers in the refugee services sector and frontline responders keeping us safe as we slowly ease back to normalcy.