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Quality Declarations

The Australian Bureau of Statistics strives to ensure that the users of our statistics are well informed on the quality of these statistics in order to assess their fitness for purpose. This value is deeply held throughout the ABS and is reflected in the ABS Corporate Plan. To uphold these values, quality declarations have now been introduced onto the ABS website. These declarations are intended to be informative statements about the quality of statistical products using the dimensions of the data quality framework adopted by the ABS.

What is covered in a Quality Declaration?
Quality Declarations are accessible through an icon near the product name, as well as having a link within the Explanatory Notes tab.

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Fig 1. Quality declaration screenshot

Quality Declarations are designed to help in determining the 'fitness for purpose' of the data you are viewing. 'Fitness for purpose' refers to the way the data meets your need. That is, whether you can use the data for the purpose you had in mind. Quality Declarations will complement, but not replace, our existing explanatory and technical notes, and more detailed documentation.