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MEDIA RELEASE
20 October, 2010
Embargo: 11.30 am (AEDT)

126/2010
In ABS we trust


The majority of Australians trust the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a report released today found.

In an effort to provide national and international benchmarks on trust in official statistics, the ABS commissioned a survey to measure the publics trust in the ABS and its statistics.

92%(1) of those surveyed were found to trust or greatly trust the ABS.

“The survey’s results are extremely pleasing” said Mr Brian Pink, the Australian Statistician. “The report shows that the majority of Australians believe the ABS to be a valid and reliable organisation and that the community understand the importance in what the ABS does for Australia.” Mr Pink said.

The survey, which was conducted in May and June this year, not only measured Australia’s trust in the ABS, but knowledge in what the ABS does and how the ABS compares to other organisations.

2,379 members of the general public and 137 academics, members of the media and economists around Australia participated in the survey. Results found that participants surveyed were most familiar with Census of Population and Housing.

The release of the Community Trust in ABS Statistics Survey(1) coincides with the first World Statistics Day.

World Statistics Day celebrates the service provided by national and international statistical organisations, and hopes to help strengthen the awareness and trust of the public in official statistics.

Full details of the Community Trust in ABS Statistics Survey are available at nss.gov.au

Note:

(1) This survey was undertaken by an independent consultant using a quota based household sampling methodology. The response rate was 26% and is much lower than the usual level of response that is experienced in surveys conducted by the ABS. The response of this survey is comparable to similar market research studies conducted by commercial survey organisations that are undertaken on a voluntary basis. Given the low response rates, and potential for non-response bias users are advised to interpret the findings with caution.


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