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SSA Canberra + ABS: On the use of timely economic indicators

  • 25 May 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (AEST)
  • Virtual via Zoom

SSA Canberra invites you to its May branch meeting, which will be joint with ABS and feature Cristian Rotaru from ABS speaking about the Bureau's use of timely economic indicators.

Times (+/- some standard errors): 

6:00pm-7:00pm Canberra time: Presentation on Zoom. Note the Zoom link itself opens around 5:30pm.

Unfortunately, no virtual pre-drinks and nibbles will be provided this time around. However all SSA Canberra members should/will receive an separate invitation branch meeting email, which contains further instructions  to attend the dinner after the meeting. If you have not received this email and wish to attend the dinner, please contact

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Speaker: Cristian Rotaru, ABS

Topic: Using payroll transaction data: statistical opportunities and challenges

AbstractThe unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic trigged a spike in the demand for timely and granular economic and social statistics; policy makers, researches, and users in general looking at ways to use data to better understand and respond to a rapidly changing environment. In response to these challenges, national statistical offices turned their attention to the use of new and non-traditional data sources and the development of innovative statistical methods.  

This April marked a year since the first release of the Australian payroll jobs and wages – initially, a COVID-19 temporary product, which developed into an ongoing ABS fortnightly series. Key to this series has been the Australian Tax Office (ATO) Single Touch Payroll (STP) data which provides near real-time information on changes in the labour market.

This presentation will provide insights into the statistical underpinnings of the series: the relevant data sources, data processes, and statistical methodologies. It will also reflect on the statistical opportunities and challenges encountered. 

BiographyCristian is Assistant Director and Principal Statistical Analyst at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which he joined as a graduate in 2010. He has extensive experience in data analysis, data integration, causal inference, data mining, and sample surveys. In 2014, Cristian was awarded the ABS Ken Foreman Award in recognition of “his outstanding contributions to expanding the analytical capability in the ABS, including longitudinal analysis and propensity score matching". Cristian holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and a Master in Applied Economics and a Postgraduate Certificate of Science from the Australian National University.

About the dinner: On the evening of 25 May at 7:30pm, there will be dinner at Pho Hub, 39 Benjamin Way, Belconnen  

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