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2017 ASAC STATEMENT OF INTENT
2 In line with its legislated functions, ASAC will represent government and community interests by advising the Minister and the Australian Statistician on Australia’s current and longer-term statistical priorities and how the ABS work program can deliver on them.
3 As an advisory forum to the ABS with broad membership and understanding of the wider environment, ASAC will:
4 To help the ABS respond to issues and plan for the future, ASAC will:
5 The Chairperson of ASAC will provide advice to the Minister and report back to ASAC meetings.
6 ASAC’s membership will be balanced to ensure varied community and government representation while remaining of a manageable size. Members will have the seniority to navigate and influence the political and data environments, and by understanding the key aspects and drivers of the statistical system, will ensure ASAC retains a strategic focus.
Potential Priorities for 2017
1 Build trust in the quality of 2016 Census results and the important role of name and address retention in supporting data integration initiatives.
2 Help position the ABS to respond to a dynamic operating environment, advising the Statistician on emerging risks and statistical needs while seeking opportunities to promote the full range of ABS expertise.
3 Help the ABS to strengthen its relationships with stakeholders, draw upon external expertise and become a more connected and responsive partner.
4 Monitor ABS progress against its Transformation goals to ensure the ABS maximises opportunities, manages risk and operates as a high-performing organisation — e.g. in the areas of corporate governance, cultural change and the Statistical Business Transformation program.
5 Take an active role in shaping the Australian statistical system and its priorities.
1 Three face-to-face meetings are planned for 2017, with further opportunities for engagement as required between meetings. In addition to the Canberra meeting in March, it is proposed to hold meetings this year in Melbourne (August) and Sydney (November).
2 In line with requirements prescribed in subsection 24(1) of the ABS Act, ASAC will continue to provide an annual report to the Minister.
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