Australian Bureau of Statistics


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Statistical Society of Australia have agreed to be strategic partners in 2019. The aim of this partnership is – among other things – to build the professional capability of ABS staff; to increase engagement between ABS staff, members of SSA and the broader statistical community; and to work together to improve the statistical literacy of the general public.

SSA is delighted to advise that as part of this agreement the ABS will be a Platinum sponsor of the (Young Statisticians Conference in Canberra (1 to 2 October 2019).

About the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.

  • providing the statistical information that Australia needs
  • responding to the changing information priorities of our stakeholders
  • enhancing the ways that we interact with our stakeholders
  • developing and maintaining community trust, which is fundamental to our ability to collect high quality information
  • enabling effective and safe use of our statistics
  • coordinating and advising official bodies on statistics, including developing, and ensuring compliance with, statistical standards
  • fulfilling our role as an Accredited Integrating Authority
  • building our capacity to take advantage of opportunities, such as advances in technology, big data, and use of administrative information for statistical purposes
  • ensuring cost-effect operations, including better use of existing information, collecting information more efficiently, streamlining processes, and reducing the impact on those who provide statistical information.

The ABS purpose is to inform Australia’s important decisions by partnering and innovating to deliver relevant, trusted, objective data, statistics and insights. To achieve our purpose, the ABS is focusing on three priorities to meet Australia’s contemporary and emerging statistical needs over the coming years:

  • providing high quality official statistics
  • transforming the ABS for the future
  • delivering new statistical solutions to maximise the value of public data.

Our highest priority is to deliver high quality official statistics. To ensure that we can deliver relevant, trusted, objective statistics, we are transforming the ABS and partnering with our stakeholders to innovate, develop and implement new statistical solutions.

The ABS also has an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics. In addition, the ABS provides technical advice and assistance to the Australian and state and territory governments in relation to statistics, develops standards for statistics, and helps to ensure compliance with those standards.

The ABS Corporate Plan, outlining the ABS purpose, strategic priorities, operating environment and performance measures, can be found on the ABS website.

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