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Joint Canberra Branch + ABS Foreman Lecture -- How the ABS ensures that data from the Census is of high quality

  • 26 Jul 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (AEST)
  • Hybrid format

The SSA Canberra Branch invites you to the Foreman lecture (July branch meeting), which is held jointly with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and features four presenters from the ABS discussing the recent first tranche release of data from the 2021 Census of Population and Housing

Times (+/- some standard errors): Tuesday 26th July @ 5:30pm – 6:30pm Canberra time. 

RSVP: This is a hybrid meeting, occurring in-person at the Knibbs Theatre, ABS house, and will be streamed online via Zoom.

  1. For in-person attendance, please RSVP by 4pm Monday 25th July by entering your details on the attendance sheetor contacting Please also see the information provided on the attendance sheet regarding in-person attendance at ABS house.
  2. For attendance via Zoom, please see below for details, noting RSVP is not required

Dinner: After the talk we will having dinner with the speaker at Punjabi Junction, a short walk from ABS. If you are interested in attending the dinner, please RSVP by 4pm Monday 25th July by entering your details on the attendance sheetor contacting


Title: Are we really losing our religion but becoming more multicultural? How the ABS ensures that data from the Census is of high quality.

Abstract: The ABS has just released the first tranche of data from the 2021 Census of Population and Housing.  The Census represents a huge investment of resources for Australia. Data from the Census is very widely used by governments, academics, businesses and the community to inform decisions as wide ranging as setting of electoral boundaries and major infrastructure programs, through to what types of community activities to offer that improve social cohesion.

So how does the ABS ensure that the data from the Census is high quality and can be used with confidence? This Foreman lecture answers that question from a number of angles: how Census processes and systems are designed to collect high quality data; how administrative data has been used to improve Census data quality; and the various ways data is checked and validated.


Teresa Dickinson PSM:  Teresa is a Deputy Australian Statistician and Senior responsible Officer for the Census. She has held senior positions in Official Statistics for 20 years in Australia and New Zealand.

Dennis Trewin AO: Dennis Trewin was Australian Statistician from 2000 to 2007. He is a former President of both the Australian Statistical Society and the International Statistical Institute and International Association of Survey Statisticians. Most recently Dennis has been a member of the Census Statistical Quality Assurance Panel for both the 2016 and 2021 Censuses.

Dr Louise Wangerek: Louise Wangerek is acting Director of Census Futures. She has been an integral part of the team improving 2021 Census data quality through the use of administrative data. Prior to joining the Australian Public Service in 2006, she completed a PhD in gene therapy. 

Annette Kelly:  Annette was the Director of Data Quality and Statistical Risk in the 2021 Census, leading the implementation of end-to-end processes to maintain high quality Census data. Annette has worked in the design and operations of ABS surveys for many years, with a focus on understanding and improving data quality.


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