Organisational Structure and Senior Management
The ABS is led by the Australian Statistician — a statutory office. Appendix 3 lists the senior management team who support the Australian Statistician, and their program responsibilities.
The statistical operations of the ABS are divided into two groups: Economic Statistics Group and Population Statistics Group. Each group is headed by a Deputy Australian Statistician.
Each Deputy Australian Statistician is supported by a First Assistant Statistician, leading the Economic Surveys and Integration Division and the Social and Labour Statistics Division. Other First Assistant Statisticians supporting the statistical operations lead Technology Services, Methodology, Information Management and Census, and Corporate Services Divisions.
The ABS has a central office in Canberra and regional offices located in the eight state and territory capitals. Regional offices are primarily responsible for the delivery of statistical services to their state or territory. All regional offices, apart from the ACT Office, have some responsibilities for national statistical activities.
Under the Statistics (Arrangements with States) Act 1956, Australian government and state statistical services have been integrated in all states since 1958 (in Tasmania since 1924). Although not covered by the Act, similar arrangements apply in both territories. In Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania, the Regional Director administering the ABS Regional Office is also the State Government Statistician. Through state and territory statistical services, various fora and consultation processes, there is regular engagement with state and territory governments on statistical priorities. Regional offices have a key role in this engagement.