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In 2002-03 the ABS embarked on a major re-engineering of its business statistics processes with the commencement of the Business Statistics Innovation Program (BSIP) on 1 July 2002. The BSIP has a three-year implementation time-frame.
It is still ‘early days’ in the life of BSIP, but as we approach the end of the first of the three years of implementation, ABS management is satisfied with progress to date. A great deal of planning has taken place, and a lot has already been achieved. One of the critical objectives of the BSIP implementation strategy is to maintain business continuity during transition and this has been achieved to date.
The three functionally specialised organisational groups (the Economic Statistics Data Centre (ESDC), Business Statistics Centres (BSCs) and National Statistics Centres (NSCs)), together with the new Economic Statistics Group branch structures, were established on 1 July 2002.
The role of the National Statistics Centres is to focus on issues to do with expanding and improving our national statistical service in the different fields of statistics. In particular, establishment of NSCs has increased our capacity to progress Information Development Plans and investigations into the use of administrative data.
There has been a smooth transfer of functions between offices and the transfer of data collection functions to the ESDC has so far proven successful.
Re-engineering initiatives are a major part of BSIP. With the first phase of BSIP implementation focusing on organisational change to adopt the functionally oriented model, the priorities for re-engineering at this stage are to ensure a smooth transition. There are two major re-engineering developments being undertaken under the BSIP banner, the input data warehouse and systems to support generalised regression estimation.
The BSIP has and will continue to impact on the staff in the ABS. The buy-in and commitment to BSIP shown by staff across Australia working on its implementation has been outstanding.
The BSIP is a major initiative and will be a key focus of the ABS for the next two years. The benefits from BSIP are already emerging in the form of Information Development Plans and the development of common systems and processes. BSIP will leave the ABS well positioned in regard to its business statistics program for the foreseeable future.