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Welcome to the WA Branch of the SSA

These pages provide information on the Western Australian Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia Inc (SSA WA Branch). This is the umbrella group for all statisticians practising in WA and all non-statisticians with an interest in statistics who are based in WA. The SSA WA Branch is governed by its Rules. The SSA WA Branch implements within the state the overall objectives of the SSA nationally. These are:

  • To further the study and application of statistical theory and methods in all branches of learning and enterprise
  • To be of assistance to members in the practice of their profession

We endeavour to achieve these objectives through:

  • Professional development activities for members
  • Fostering the training of young statisticians
  • Encouraging communication amongst members by the holding of monthly meetings

We hold monthly meetings (usually the second Tuesday of each month), which include seminars by invited speakers who are involved with the practise of statistics either locally, nationally or internationally. We also occasionally run courses and workshops on a range of statistics topics. Notice of local events is done primarily through the branch mailing list; additionally these can be found within the society's Events listing.

Our Young Statisticians section supports and runs events for WA-based undergraduate and postgraduate students who are studying or have an interest in statistics, and for WA-based statisticians of any age in their first five years of practising statistics. This includes a scholarship for one or two outstanding WA-based students studying honours in statistics distributed through our branch mailing list early in the year. The closing date for 2020 applications has been extended to 31st July 2020. Contact the branch Secretary for further details.

The Young Statisticians section also has a representative on Branch Council, provides speakers for the May monthly meeting of the SSA WA Branch, and occasionally runs conferences and social events for its members. WA Young Statisticians has a Facebook group.

Members of the SSA WA Branch have the opportunity to participate in branch activities, such as those mentioned above. They also receive the SSA’s journal (the Australian Journal of Statistics, published four times per year) and the SSA newsletter (published three times per year). If you are interested in joining the SSA, joining the SSA WA Branch mailing list, or have comments, email the branch secretary Rick Tankard.

Visitors are welcome at all regular meetings. We look forward to welcoming you to our next meeting.

Council 2020-21

President Dr Brenton Clarke Murdoch University
Vice-President Dr Alun Pope Monash University
Secretary Dr Rick Tankard Murdoch University
Treasurer Dr Alethea Rea

Murdoch University

Councillor Ms Rowena Burch Western Australia Government
Councillor Dr Berwin Turlach University of Western Australia
Councillor Dr John HenstridgeData Analysis Australia


Lyron Winderbaum University of Western Australia
Young Statisticians’ Representative Mr Deneegan Subramanian Murdoch University

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