The ABS is led by the Australian Statistician – a statutory office established in the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975.
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 and they are supported by a First Assistant Statistician leading the Economic Surveys and Integration Division for the Economic Statistics Group and the Social and Labour Statistics Division for the Population Statistics Group.
A third Deputy Australian Statistician position was created during 2005 to head the Services Group. The Services Group makes a significant contribution to the ABS' ability to successfully achieve its business objectives, through the delivery of corporate and technology services. There are First Assistant Statisticians leading Technology Services, Corporate Services, Methodology, and the Information Management and Census Divisions.
The Office of the Statistician is responsible for key corporate functions, which support the Australian Statistician's administrative and statistical roles.
The ABS has a central office in Canberra and regional offices located in the eight state and territory capitals. All regional offices, apart from the ACT Office, have some responsibilities for national statistical activities as well.
Regional offices are primarily responsible for the delivery of statistical services to their state or territory. These offices have ongoing engagement with state and territory governments on statistical services and their priorities, through state and territory committees set up for that purpose, and consultation processes. In Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania, the Regional Director administering the ABS Regional Office is also the State Government Statistician.
All Regional Directors have a direct reporting line to a Deputy Australian Statistician (see organisational chart for more detail).
ORGANISATIONAL CHART (as at 30 June 2006)