About the ABS

Wherever you work within the ABS, you will become part of a team committed to delivering an independent national statistical service while also enjoying great working conditions and a competitive remuneration package.

Organisational Structure Chart
For more information about the ABS organisational structure, refer to ABS Organisation Chart page

Our purpose

The ABS has an international reputation as one of the best statistical offices in the world and from our earliest decades we have been respected for delivering objective statistics that hold a mirror to Australian community and governments.

Originally known as the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, the ABS came into being over 100 years ago, on the eighth of December 1905, in recognition that statistics were going to be important to building our nation.

The ABS produces and disseminates statistics in a number of key areas, including:

  • Social Statistics;
  • Economic Statistics;
  • Population Statistics;
  • Labour Statistics;
  • Industry Statistics; and
  • Environment Statistics.

    The ABS statistical programs are supported by service areas which deliver assistance and advice on statistical methods, data and metadata management, information technology, client management, dissemination, human resources and other corporate services. The ABS also has an important coordination function with respect to the statistical activities of other official bodies, both in Australia and overseas.

    Our Values

    As an Australian Public Service agency, the APS values are important to all ABS employees. In addition, the ABS also has its own values that are critical to our role as an independent provider of information. They are:

  • Integrity
  • Relevance
  • Service
  • Access for all
  • Professionalism
  • Trust of Providers

    As an organisation, we hold our values in high regard. They are the foundation to what we believe and how we behave. We are proud of our success as an independent and apolitical provider of statistics.

    Our People

    The capability of our people is key for the ABS to successfully deliver on its statistical programs and in fulfilling its statistical coordination responsibilities across other official bodies, both domestically and internationally.

    To assist the ABS in building this capability, Statistical Skills for Official Statisticians has been developed for:
      • all aspiring ABS statisticians,
      • new starters to the ABS,
      • existing ABS employees who produce official statistics and wish to continually add value to the ABS,
      • the wider National Statistical Service (NSS) and,
      • international statistical community.
    It is also an important resource for those people who are wanting to build a career in one of the ABS' service areas, given their important role in enabling and supporting statistical work.

    Statistical Skills for Official Statisticians will provide guidance on:
      • the range of statistical skills, knowledge and expertise needed to work effectively throughout the end to end statistical production cycle; and
      • the role of the ABS in official statistics, the policy and legislative environment governing statistical work, and the responsibilities and other professional skills required of statisticians.
    It will also enable statisticians to further develop their statistical careers and to assist others who may be seeking development opportunities.

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics is committed to a diverse workforce that is reflective of the Australian community, and to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment that values and utilises the contribution of all employees. We actively encourage applications from people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

    Our Community

    The ABS has a long-standing commitment to the Australian community to publish the results of all statistical collections that we conduct. Since 2005 all statistics on our web site have been free of charge providing the Australian community with access to many thousands of ABS spreadsheets and publications. The ABS provides free information seminars and a toll free number to encourage effective use of the statistics available. We work closely with schools and have a very successful Census At School internet based education project where students complete on-line questionnaires and undertake projects to learn about statistics.

    Our Environment

    The ABS plays an important role in providing statistics on the environment and environmental issues to inform decision making. In addition to this we are committed to minimising the impact of our business operations on the environment. In 2006 the ABS became a digital record environment which has significantly reduced paper use. In 2007 ABS staff in South Australia moved into a 6 star energy-rated building. Other initiatives include recycling facilities in all buildings, incorporating environmental clauses as part of purchasing decisions, consuming a proportion of energy as ‘green energy’, and providing facilities for staff wishing to use bicycles for travel to and from work.

    Further information

    For further information about the ABS, including access to corporate and public accountability information, see About Us page