Branch Meetings

ASC 2016 Information for Visitors

Statistical Society of Australia Canberra Branch

Three Events : Week of 5-9 December 2016

Annual Lectures

In the week of 5-9 December the Australian Statistical Conference (ASC2016) will be held at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. Full details of the conference are at and it isn’t too late to register.

This conference contains two of our annual named lectures, the Foreman Lecture and the Knibbs Lecture. Members who wish to attend one or both of these lectures but haven’t registered for ASC2016 may attend as guests, however I need to organize a guest pass for them to attend at the specific times of the lectures. Full details of these lectures are given below.

If you are not registered for ASC2016 and wish to attend either or both of these lectures please RSVP Warren Müller ([email protected] or 0407916868) by 5.00pm Thursday 1 December. Your guest pass must be collected from the conference registration desk on arrival. ASC2016 information for visitors is attached.


Branch Annual Dinner

Normally the Branch has its annual dinner after the Knibbs Lecture. Instead this year we are holding the dinner at 7:00pm on Thursday 8 December, the final day of the SSA component of ASC2016. It will be a dinner banquet at China Plate ( ) 5/11 Kennedy St, Kingston ACT.

The cost of the dinner is $40, payable in cash on the night. Please RSVP Warren Müller ([email protected] or 0407916868) by 5.00pm Monday 5 December


Foreman Lecture

Venue           Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT

Time            10:00am Monday 5 December

Speaker        Professor Jae-Kwang Kim, Iowa State University

Topic            Some recent topics on informative sampling

Abstract       In analytic studies, survey data are often obtained with complex sampling designs and the resulting analyses require special attention to handle the sampling design.   When the distribution in the sample is different from the distribution in the population, the sampling design is called informative and the analytic inference under informative sampling becomes more complicated. In this talk, some recent topics on informative sampling are covered. Topics include optimal estimation, Bootstrap-based test, analysis of multilevel models, Bayesian inference, and multiple imputation under informative sampling.

Key words: Survey Sampling, Bootstrap, Multi-level models, Multiple imputation, Bayesian inference.

Biography     Jae-kwang Kim is a former Director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology and a Professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University. He is a fellow of ASA and the recipient of 2015 Gertrude M. Cox award. He is a coauthor of the book Statistical Methods for Handling Incomplete Data. He has worked for the Census Bureau, Westat, and has also acted as a consultant for several national surveys in Korea. He has published more than 50 papers in the area of survey sampling and missing data analysis.

Knibbs Lecture

Venue           Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT

Time            10:00am Tuesday 6 December

Speaker        David Kalisch, Australian Statistician, ABS

Topic            ‘Big Data’, Official Statistics and National Statistical Offices

Abstract       The Australian Bureau of Statistics has a long history of using ‘big data’ in producing official statistics.  In the current environment of fiscal restraint; high expectations of data availability by governments and the community; and rapidly emerging new forms of information, National Statistical Offices must consider how big data can be used in the production of official statistics, weighing up both the opportunities and the risks.  This will be explored in the context of the Australian Bureau of Statistics five year transformation program and the broader direction of official statistics in Australia.
Keywords: Big data, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), data availability, National Statistics Offices, official statistics, government statistics, transformation, data sharing, open data

Biography     David W. Kalisch was appointed the 15th Australian Statistician on 11 December 2014. As Agency Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics he is accountable for the functions and operations of the Bureau. He has also been appointed as the non-judicial member of the Australian Electoral Commission. Mr Kalisch is an economist with public sector experience in research and analysis, policy development and service delivery. He has an interest in labour markets, macroeconomics, retirement incomes, welfare to work strategies and health policy. He has pursued organisational performance and renewal through recent leadership responsibilities. Mr Kalisch was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for four years, a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission and a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has had Senior Executive roles in a range of Departments since 1991, has had two appointments at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and was a member of the Australian Delegation to the OECD. He studied economics at the University of Adelaide, is a Public Policy Fellow at the Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Warren Müller


SSA Canberra Branch


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