Australian Bureau of Statistics

Custom app securely rolled out to 33,000 Census 2016 Field Officers

The ABS says the app significantly increased staff efficiency, improved management information available in the field and greatly reduced paper waste.

Mobile Mentor helped the Australian Bureau of Statistics set a new benchmark for data collection, with a completion rate of more than 96 percent for the 2016 Australian Census.

A key part of the completion rate success was the use of a new app that allowed Census 2016 Field Officers to leverage the power of their mobile devices. The Mobile Collect App, developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, was securely delivered to 33,000 field officers by Mobile Mentor, using device management software from MobileIron, in one of the largest bring-your-own-device (BYOD) deployments in Australian history

The app assisted census field officers to deliver census materials and to later follow-up those that had not completed the census. The app included mapping functionality and also helped field officers plan and manage their workload.

Randall Cameron, Managing Director of Mobile Mentor Australia, said the company was pleased with the outcome of the ABS Census 2016 data collection project.

“We were delighted when we were selected by the ABS as its partner in mobilising its 33,000 field officers for census data collection. We’d like to think that our independence from any one Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) vendor, combined with our agnostic approach to devices, meant we were able to offer the ABS what we felt was the lowest risk option. We selected MobileIron as the best technology fit due to architectural simplicity and proven scalability.”

“It’s great to see the government innovating with mobility solutions to meet this massive data collection project and we are very proud to have been a part of this project,” said Cameron.

Randall Cameron

About the Australian Census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics counted close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people in Australia on Census night (9 August 2016).

The 2016 Census was Australia’s first Census where more than two thirds of Australia’s population (more than 15 million people) were expected to complete the Census online.

For the 2016 Census the ABS:

  • Produced approximately 327 tonnes of less paper material than in the 2011 Census – equivalent to approximately 231 family sedans
  • Travelled 230,000 less kilometres to deliver household materials than in 2011 Census – equivalent to more than five trips around the circumference of the Earth (or 58 return trips between Sydney and Perth)
  • Used 3,800 kilograms of ink and 16,000 litres of glue to produce household letters, envelopes and forms
  • Mailed 13.5 million letters to households and establishments across Australia
  • Counted all of Australia’s 10 million dwellings and 24 million people
  • Employed around 39,000 temporary staff across a variety of roles, including approximately 500 people to process the data
  • Scanned paper forms as they arrived using industrial scanners operating 12 hours per day, five days per week, over 10 weeks, scanning close to 88 million pages
  • Produced and publish over three trillion cells of data as a result of the information collected in the Census.

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