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SFMP QUALITY ASSURANCE SCHEME
For the quality assurance scheme to be effective, there are remedial actions undertaken when standards fall below acceptable levels. Such remedial action may include the retraining of staff, the amendment of operational tools such as the questionnaire or the review of rules or procedures.
SMAs are responsible for their own quality assurance. The SFMP quality assurance scheme should be part of the total quality management associated with the processing of each economic survey. Each processing cycle, SMAs select a sample of units for checking. For subannuals, the sample size is 40 units per quarter and for annuals, the sample size is 160 units per annum. Results from the quality assurance are sent to the SFMP team upon completion. These results are aggregated and presented to SISC each quarter.
To provide some form of independent assessment, the SFMP team also conducts small audits on each survey on an annual basis. The audit consists of a subsample of the quality assurance sample already selected by the SMA. The main purposes of the audit are to ensure that the SMA are applying the correct methods of treatment and that there is sufficient documentation to justify decisions made in regard to SFMP.
For more information, please contact Rosslyn Starick on (03) 9615 7689.
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