For over 110 years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has contributed to the wellbeing of Australians by providing high quality statistical information. This great legacy and our determination to deliver as much public value as we can are driving us to transform our capabilities, statistical products, and the way we work. In the future, as now, our goal is to provide official statistics to inform key decisions in Australia, by governments, by business, by individuals and households.
While our priorities remain essentially unchanged for the medium term we are very conscious of the need to adjust to the evolving expectations of the community and our customers in industry and government. It is important that we remain a trusted and reliable provider of official statistics and it is equally important that we continuously re-examine our information products and services to remain relevant. We will continue to consult widely with our stakeholders to ensure our choices reflect a sound balance between continuity and change, but change itself is necessary.
The ABS is required to manage within the resources provided by Government and the Parliament, with user funding enabling us to deliver critical social statistics.
The environment in which we are operating is challenging. There are increasing demands for new statistics and improved access to data. Our stakeholders expect quality statistics, first time every time, and we are confronting new business risks that are amplified while we transform our statistical business systems.
When considering our corporate direction for 2018–19 and beyond, a number of key themes have been prominent: collaboration and partnering to build effectiveness and relevance; capital renewal to build systems resilience and stakeholder confidence; technical innovation to increase efficiency and enhance our capability to deliver in a more challenging environment; and workplace flexibility to maintain capacity.
Underneath all of this change, the purpose and role of the ABS remains constant. This Corporate Plan charts our way forward as we continue to ensure we deliver trusted, world-class statistics, and provide information required to drive innovation and to meet the evolving information needs of our economy and society.
As the Accountable Authority of the ABS, I am pleased to present the ABS Corporate Plan 2018–19 which covers the period 2018–19 to 2021–22, in accordance with the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
David W. Kalisch