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National Information and Referral Service

The National Information and Referral Service is the first point of contact for all your statistical and publication enquiries.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au
Post: Client Services, Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 796, Sydney
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National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS)


Offices:
Canberra and Darwin.

Contact:
National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS)
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10, Belconnen ACT 2616

Fax: (08) 8943 2139
Email: indigenous.statistics@abs.gov.au

Role:

The National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) has a leadership and coordination role for national statistical activity about Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NCATSIS is a dual-site subject matter area with staff in both Canberra and Darwin. The broad objectives of NCATSIS are to:

  • informing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their organisations, and the wider community about statistics and statistical issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including demographic composition, social conditions and health status;
  • providing governments with reliable statistical information on Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population that can be used to support policy development and evaluation
  • assessing, reporting and promoting improvements in the quality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics from ABS and other survey administrative collections;
  • supporting best practice in the enumeration of statistics related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and in relevant quantitative methods;
  • assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the effective use of statistics; and
  • ensuring that broad consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community remains a key strategy in the coordination and development of national statistics.



ABS Indigenous Engagement Managers


Role:
The ABS has Indigenous Engagement Managers (IEMs) in each Regional Office (except ACT) as part of its Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy (ICES). The goals of ICES and the IEMs are to:
    • engage with urban and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through collaborative partnerships to increase understanding of and participation in ABS collections;
    • return information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including the provision of statistical training to communities in order to increase their access and usage of ABS information;
    • improve the quality and relevance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics for key stakeholders including meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Meet the ABS Indigenous Engagement Managers:


Victoria


John Austin

(P) 03 9615 7065

john.austin@abs.gov.au

'Hi! My name is John Austin and I have been the IEM in the ABS Victorian Office since 2000. I am of Gundijtmara, Kirrai Whurrung and Djap Whurrung descent from western Victoria. I have worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community affairs for the past 30 years in most states and territories, and I strongly believe that timely, reliable and accurate statistics can provide the evidence to help improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples lives.


South Australia



Greg McCulloch

(P) 08 8237 7309

gregory.mcculloch@abs.gov.au

'Nukkan Ya (Hello) my name is Greg McCulloch I am a Ngarrindjeri man from the lower Coorong lakes area in SA. I worked for 2 years in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander liaison role with Medicare before starting my employment with the ABS in January 2010. The ABS places a high priority on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement. This strategic direction affords me the opportunity to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with their data needs. Access to ABS data can facilitate communities making evidenced based decisions on budget priorities.


Ivan Copley JP OAM

(P) 08 8237 7437

ivan.copley@abs.gov.au

'Yungalya (Hi), my name is Ivan Copley 'Tiwu'. I am of Aboriginal descent of the Peramangk people of the Mount Lofty Ranges on my Fathers side and of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains through my mothers side. I have been employed as IEM for South Australia since 2005. I am involved with the Aboriginal community through working with the Indigenous Information Network of South Australia. I also maintain records on missions, homes, language groups and Aboriginal peoples of SA, dating back to 1802. I have just recently (2012) completed and published a Aboriginal Language map of South Australia against Geographical locations.


New South Wales/ACT



Will Swain

(P) 02 9268 4028

will.swain@abs.gov.au

Hi, I am Will and I am a descendant of the Ngemba people from Western NSW. I was born and raised in La Perouse NSW. I joined the ABS as a Local Engagement Manger for the 2011 Census and enjoyed the experience so much that I applied for and won my current role of Indigenous Engagement Manager for NSW and ACT. I have been involved in Aboriginal education and employment for the last 10 years across western NSW. My role in the ABS has allowed me to assist community and organisation to raise their statistical knowledge and use, which helps facilitate positive outcomes at the community level.


Tasmania


Lee Prouse

(P) 03 6222 5775

lee.prouse@abs.gov.au

G’day my name is Lee Prouse - I am the IEM in Tasmania. I am a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal person and have worked for my community for over 22 years in various Commonwealth Departments - mostly in community engagement roles. Whilst being based in Tasmania for most of it - I have had a number of stints doing special projects in in other states /territories including Canberra and Yarrabah (FNQ). Prior to the ABS I spent 2 years working for the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation as the Manager – Land Management Programs – managing a team of land managers working on and protecting sites across the South East of Tasmania. I was also the Corporation’s senior negotiator on Heritage and Land Management matters. My vision as the IEM in Tasmania is to bring the ABS and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community closer together and break down the mysteries, fears and barriers on both sides.


Western Australia



Alan Radford

(P) 08 9360 5240

(M) 0477 315 992

alan.radford@abs.gov.au

Hi. I'm Alan. I am a Palawa man from Tasmania. I am the Indigenous Engagement Manager currently employed to assist with the local level delivery of the National Health Survey. I have been involved as a support contact for many Communities and organisations over my 12 years as an external Consultant providing Business Development, Community Development and Feasibility Studies to support our Communities growth and sustainability. I have been appointed as Director of many Community and Organisational boards to assist with meeting governance requirements



Northern Territory


Pia Loffley

(P) 08 8943 2110

pia.loffley@abs.gov.au

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Sharon Hayes

(P) 08 8943 2163

sharon.hayes@abs.gov.au

Werte (Hello), my name is Sharon. I was born and raised in Alice Springs NT. My clan group is Garawa (Robinson River & Borroloola region) from my father's side and Ngalikan (Roper River region) from my mother's side. Due to past policies both parents were removed from their birth places. I commenced working in ABS in December 2012 as Indigenous Engagement Officer. My previous employment was with NT Correctional Services Community Corrections as Probation and Parole Officer for approximately 6 years in Alice Springs and Darwin. Before Correctional Services I worked mainly in Aboriginal organisations in Alice Springs working in an Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Adult Education, and youth services for young people aged 5 - 17 years. I am ever so grateful to obtain ongoing employment with the ABS as now I am able to focus on engaging and delivering programs effectively to our mob locally and in remote communities to increase community knowledge and awareness of ABS statistical information and surveys.


Tim Brown

(P) 08 8943 2122

tim.brown@abs.gov.au

Hi I am Tim, I am Yawuru man from the Broome region of Western Australia, and I was born and raised in Perth WA. I started working in the ABS in January 2013, but have been in the Australian Public Service for over 19 years. In my career I have worked as a Senior Indigenous Education Officer, Projects Officer on various Youth, Transitions and Employment programs, and I spent 2 years working as an Indigenous Electoral Officer. As an Indigenous Engagement Officer within the ABS, I am extremely fortunate to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in WA and NT to increase community awareness on ABS programs, surveys and to increase community knowledge on statistical information.


Queensland



Cheryal Kyle

(P) 07 3222 6024

cheryal.kyle@abs.gov.au




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