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Services for State and Territory Government
Outposted Officers

Your organisation may have a need for short or medium term in-house statistical experience. The ABS can provide ABS officers to work with state and territory government agencies on statistical projects. While many outposting arrangements are ongoing, covering a wide range of strategic issues, others are for short periods to assist with specific technical projects.

Outposted ABS officers facilitate access to statistics, develop statistical capability, and strengthen statistical coordination with host agencies. They may undertake a range of activities such as providing advice on data quality issues, metadata practices, and data release. They can also provide statistical support for those projects or policy issues that are a high priority within the agency.

Outpostings benefit both state and territory governments and the ABS by:
  • allowing the ABS to develop a better understanding of emerging policy issues and related statistical requirements of state and territory government;
  • promoting and implementing statistical frameworks and standards that allow inter-agency comparisons and comparisons across states and territories to be made;
  • maintaining professional relationships and engagement between the ABS and host agencies.

Recent Outposting projects have included:

New South Wales
Assistance in the establishment of the Bureau of Transport Statistics (BTS) at Transport for NSW, including the creation of a BTS web site which functions as a central repository of Transport related data and information.
Assisting the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development with adopting the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).
Assisting to develop and improve systems to collect, store and report data for the QLD Office of Early Childhood Education and Care.
South Australia
Assistance in developing indicators for the South Australian Strategic Plan for the SA Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Western Australia
Assisting the WA Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) to build expertise in the area of evidence based policy and decision making.
Assisting the Tasmanian Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Education (DoE) and Justice (DoJ) to meet their COAG reporting obligations under the Overarching Bi-lateral Indigenous Plan (OBIP).
Northern Territory
Assisting the Northern Territory Department of Business and Employment in the development of a comprehensive employment data collection tool for the 20 Territory Growth Towns.
Australian Capital Territory
Assistance to the Demographer's area of the ACT Chief Minister's Department with interpreting data for writing meaningful statistical reports.
Contact the ABS in your state
For more information about the ABS Outposted Officer Service, please enquire through your state or territory contact.
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