THE YEAR AHEAD - 2007-08
The Council acknowledged the financial constraints facing the ABS in the coming year, and the challenges that this presents to the Council in advising the Statistician and the Minister. The ABS Forward Work Program for 2007–08 to 2009–10 will provide the framework for the Council’s deliberations during 2007–08.
Issues identified by the Council for consideration during the coming year include:
• the household survey program and, in particular, surveys that support population wellbeing
• the further development of the environment statistics program
• rural and regional statistics, and
• statistical leadership and further development of the national statistical system.
In 2007–08, the Council will continue to provide advice to the Statistician and the Minister in relation to the ABS’ major statistical collections, but the above mentioned areas will be of particular focus. Discussions during the coming year will continue to offer ideas and solutions to the ABS in regard to balancing the ever increasing demand for statistical data, and the ABS’ ability to meet these demands within its budget.