About the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.

We have an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics. This assists in maximising the value of government investment on these activities, and ensures outputs are fit-for-purpose. By doing these things, we aim to inform decisions on important issues. This will lead to a more informed community; more efficient markets, economic growth and productivity enhancements; better policy development and evaluation; and targeted and more efficient service delivery.

We operate in a dynamic environment, with new opportunities for accessing and interrogating a vast amount of administrative, transactional and other data are becoming available, increasing the potential to provide new insights into matters of importance to Australians. In response to this, the ABS is undergoing a major transformation over the coming years. It will encompass how we operate as an organisation, both internally and as part of the wider information community; our statistical infrastructure; our people and culture; and the statistical solutions we deliver.

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.

The ABS produces and disseminates statistics in a number of key areas, including:
  • Social Statistics
  • Economic Statistics
  • Population Statistics
  • Labour Statistics
  • Industry Statistics
  • 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.

    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.

    Further information

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