Improved statistics for the ACT (Media Release)

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June 5, 2008
Improved statistics for the ACT

The ACT Information Development Plan 2008-2011 (IDP) was signed this morning (June 5) by Brian Pink, Australian Statistician with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Andrew Cappie-Wood, Chief Executive, ACT Chief Minister's Department.

Developed jointly by the ACT Regional Office of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the ACT Government, the IDP recognises the key role that quality statistics play in informed decision making within governments, business and the community.

The IDP will assist ACT Government departments develop policies and programs by providing a high level strategic framework to improve the quality and availability of statistical information for the ACT in the long term, while protecting confidential information.

Government administrative and private transaction record databases are seen as a key source of statistics, with survey-based collections used to supplement, calibrate and bridge gaps in these data.

The ABS and ACT Government recognise each other as partners in developing and improving statistical information, and will continue to collaborate in this work. An Information Development Steering Committee, chaired by the ACT Chief Minister’s Department, has been established to implement and monitor the IDP.

Further details can be found in ACT Information Development Plan 2008-2011, available from the National Statistical Service website or the ACT Chief Minister’s Department website

Media requests and interviews
Bernie Fitzpatrick (02) 6252 5776; 0419 876 725
Kris Leggo (02) 6252 5124; 0438 501 169
Statistical clarification
Karen Macdonald (02) 6252 8914; 0407 457 667