|Page tools: Print Page Print All RSS Search this Product|
The Australian Statistician is responsible for determining the ABS work program. The work program must align with the ABS’s mission, its legislative mandate and its values. The ABS seeks to provide a reasonable level of service across all its legislated functions.
How the ABS balances its work program
In balancing the ABS’s program of collection and other activities, the Australian Statistician seeks to ensure that the ABS’s resources are used to the maximum benefit of governments and the broader community. In assessing this, the ABS takes account of the value of the information being sought, the extent to which the ABS undertaking the activity is consistent with its legislated mandate and with community expectations, and the costs that the activity would impose upon the ABS and the broader community.
In assessing the value of the information, the ABS takes account of:
In assessing whether any proposed activity undertaken by the ABS would be consistent with its legislative mandate and community expectations, the ABS takes account of:
How the ABS understands client needs
The ABS determines future priorities by consulting and planning with users of statistics. These consultations are a key input to decisions on the scope, content and frequency of statistical collections.
Consultation takes place through the ABS organised statistics user groups; direct discussion with Australian, State, Territory and local government agencies, academics, industry bodies, non-government and community organisations, social media blogs; and the release of information or discussion papers inviting comment.
Consultations cover both the need for data on new or emerging topics, and the need for changes to existing data collections including discontinuing some series. Contact with consulted groups continues throughout the statistical cycle to keep them informed on progress and as a check that developments towards statistical outputs remain on track to meet survey objectives.
The overall shape of the proposed work program and estimates of resources required to deliver it are considered by the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC).
A list of user groups is provided in the appendix.