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State Statistical Forum (SSF)
The State Statistical Forum (SSF) is one of the key fora through which the ABS can work with states and territories to address common statistical issues. The SSF was established in 2003 and is enabled through legislation which allows for regular 'conferences' between the Commonwealth and jurisdictions on statistical issues. Membership consists of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) representatives from each State and Territory, plus relevant representatives from the ABS including the Regional Directors of each State and Territory. Meetings are held twice-yearly and timed to coincide with ASAC meetings (usually in February and November of each year).
The role of the SSF is to actively partner with the ABS to progress the National Statistical Service within and across states and territories. A key task for the SSF is to identify high-priority statistical issues common across jurisdictions, and look for ways to address these through collaboration across jurisdictions and with the ABS. The SSF also acts as a conduit to ASAC and other statistical fora, raising the profile of state statistical priorities, and can play a strong part in promoting the value of effective statistical coordination across states and territories.
For more information on the SSF and to find out who your state or territory representative is, please contact the ABS Office in your state or territory
New South Wales
New South Wales Statistical Council
The New South Wales Statistical Council (the Council) is the NSW Government’s executive level reference group that identifies and leads strategies to improve the collection, processing, analysis and reporting of quality information by the NSW public sector. It operates within the broader context of Australia’s national statistical system for the benefit of the people of NSW.
The Council includes a representative of the Director General of each NSW Government agency cluster along with independent data experts from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, the Bureau of Transport Statistics and the Bureau of Health Information
The objectives of the Council include advice on: the development and setting of statistical standards and systems; identification of statistical priorities; the implementation of a NSW Statistical Framework which includes principles for common approaches to data quality, outcomes setting and measurement; and, NSW Government advocacy within the wider National Statistical System.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call your state contacts.
Victorian Statistics Advisory Forum
The Victorian Statistics Advisory Forum (VSAF) is the key collaborative forum between the Victorian Government and the ABS. It aims to further the use of statistics and develop statistical capability across Victoria.
VSAF's objectives are to:
- determine the statistical needs that support Victorian whole-of-government policy priorities, and inform ABS forward work programs at national and local levels;
- promote the value and effective use of quality statistical information and infrastructure to support evidence based policy decisions; and
- encourage dialogue within and across state government agencies, to develop and share information on statistical developments and to disseminate statistical best practice.
VSAF has representation from each of the Victorian Government Departments.
For more information email email@example.com or call your state contacts.
State Statistical Priorities Process
The ABS seeks input on the information needs of state and territory governments, with the aim of improving the relevance and quality of the statistical services we provide. In Queensland, this process involves a coordinated approach with Queensland Treasury and Trade, Government Statistician.
Queensland Treasury and Trade, Government Statistician and ABS consult with state agencies to ascertain their strategic information needs and information gaps. Prime consideration is given to important and emerging issues that are relevant to Queensland Government policies. Consideration is also given to data provision issues including accuracy and relevance, as well as broader statistical framework issues, e.g. classifications and standards. The consultation process is also used to identify statistical training needs.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call your state contacts.
Government Agencies Statistical Committee (GASC)
GASC is a consultative forum that allows the South Australian Government and the ABS to collaborate on a variety of statistical issues. It seeks opportunities to improve state government statistical infrastructure, provides advice to the ABS, and facilitates a high quality statistical environment to support South Australian Government decision making.
GASC members include at least one member from each SA Government department, usually from information management, or portfolio planning and policy areas. The GASC chair represents the State Government on the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC), which is the key advisory body to the Minister and the ABS on statistical services, and the State Statistical Forum, which both meet biannually in Canberra.
Statistical Liaison Officer (SLO) Network
The Statistical Liaison Officer Network facilitates communication between SA Government departments and the ABS. The Network allows the ABS to better serve the SA Government’s statistical needs by understanding each agency’s activities, requirements and priorities through allocating each department a primary ABS contact person.
The SLO Network consists of SLOs from within each SA Government department and Engagement Officers from the ABS. The role of the SLO is to help the ABS to better understand their agency’s statistical needs, and provide information about the type, extent and availability of the data that their department collects. The role of the Engagement Officer is to act as a conduit of information between the ABS and their assigned department through regular updates of interest, such as new surveys and releases, definitional changes, research work by other agencies, ABS consultation or information sessions, and contacts to relevant subject matter areas.
For more information on any of our advisory groups email email@example.com or call your state contacts.
Statistical Policy Committee (SPC)
The Statistical Policy Committee (SPC) facilitates Western Australia's statistical coordination. The SPC provides a forum for state government and the ABS to address state policy priority areas and their resulting statistical needs. The committee also identifies and develops WA's own statistical data sources, and supports the state government in making quality informed decisions. The committee comprises representatives from selected state government departments and the ABS, including the state’s representative on the Australian Statistical Advisory Council (ASAC).
Statistics Western Australia Network (SWAN)
SWAN is a broad member network aimed at producers and users of statistics and consists predominantly of state government and some private sector members. The network provides opportunities for these departments and organisations to share and grow their statistical capabilities. Meetings are run quarterly as seminar/information sessions which are generally based around a selected theme.
For more information on any of our advisory groups email firstname.lastname@example.org or call your state contacts.
Statistical Policy Committee (SPC)
The SPC was established in 1996 in recognition of the need for a more strategic relationship between the ABS in Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government. As the executive level forum for discussions between the two parties, the SPC has a pivotal role in statistical coordination. The Committee deals with strategic statistical issues and establishes statistical priorities and guidelines across the Tasmanian Government. The SPC also refers issues to, and receives advice from, the Tasmanian Statistical Advisory Committee (TSAC).
Tasmanian Statistical Advisory Committee (TSAC)
TSAC has been operating since the 1980s. It has evolved to be the operational level counterpart of the SPC and has a larger membership with greater diversity of representation for State agencies. TSAC's role is to collaboratively identify, and advise SPC on, statistical priorities and ways in which these may be addressed through collaborative action between the Tasmanian Government and ABS (such as through the establishment of working parties; implementation of common standards or methods; establishment of special projects or other initiatives). TSAC also provides a valuable forum for networking and information sharing on statistical issues between agencies and between the ABS and Tasmanian Government, and for building the statistical knowledge and capability of members.
Stats Link Network (SLN) Tasmania
The SLN draws together a wide network of Tasmanian data users and producers for the purposes of information sharing, collaboration and capability development. Providing opportunities for members to meet, discuss issues, and tap into experts through organised workshops and other events, the network supports the National Statistical Service objective of forging partnerships to share knowledge and expertise.
For more information on any of our advisory groups email email@example.com or call your state contacts.
Population Intelligence Network
The ABS chairs two Population Intelligence Network (PIN) meetings in the Northern Territory. The aim of the PIN is to exchange intelligence on the NT sub-state population size and composition. The intelligence gathered is primarily used by the ABS to inform its estimation processes, however members also find the intelligence exchanged useful in informing their own work programs.
The first PIN (or Population Intelligence Working Group as it was previously named) was formed in Darwin in early 1997 in response to continued interest in interstate migration and NT population estimates among many NT Government agencies. Given the success of the Darwin PIN, an additional PIN was established in Alice Springs.
The PINs are made up of members from Commonwealth Agencies, Northern Territory Government Agencies, Municipality/Shire Councils and other organisations in the best position to gather population data and interpret population trends.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call your territory contacts.
Australian Capital Territory
Information Development Working Group
The Information Development Working Group (IDWG) (previously known as the Information Development Steering Committee) was established to aid collaboration between the ACT Government and the ABS. The ACT Information Development Plan (IDP) provides a high level strategic framework to guide this collaboration in order to improve the quality and availability of statistical information for the ACT. Four key goals have been identified to help advance the IDP. The IDWG reports to the Policy Council and consists of senior representatives from ACT Government agencies and the ABS ACT Regional Director, as required.
State Statistical Priorities Process
The State Statistical Priorities Process provides an avenue for the ABS to seek input on an annual basis regarding the information needs of state and territory governments, with the aim of improving the relevance and quality of the statistical services the ABS provides.
In the ACT, this process involves consultation with government agencies to ascertain their strategic information needs over the next few years. Prime consideration is given to important and emerging issues that are relevant to the ACT Government's policies.
Consideration is also given to data provision issues including relevance, accuracy, timeliness, accessibility, interpretability and coherence, as well as broader statistical framework issues such as classifications and standards. The consultation process is also used to identify statistical training needs within the ACT Government.
Statistical Liaison Officer (SLO) Network
The Statistical Liaison Officer Network facilitates communication between ACT Government departments and the ABS. The Network allows the ABS to better serve the ACT Government’s statistical needs by understanding each agency’s activities, requirements and priorities through allocating each department a primary ABS contact person.
The SLO Network consists of SLOs from within each ACT Government department as well as an assigned Engagement Officers from the ABS. The role of the SLO is to help the ABS to better understand their agency’s statistical needs, and provide information about the type, extent and availability of the data that their department collects. The role of the Engagement Officer is to act as a conduit of information between the ABS and their assigned department through regular updates of interest, such as new surveys and releases, definitional changes, research work by other agencies, ABS consultation or information sessions, and contacts to relevant subject matter areas.
For more information on any of our advisory groups email email@example.com or call your territory contacts.
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This page last updated 25 October 2013