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DATA INTEGRATION INITIATIVES
Through contributing to Australian Public Service wide initiatives, the ABS recognises that this is the starting place for supporting the increased availability of data and developing greater capacity to create ‘on demand’ integrated datasets. The ABS also recognises the importance and opportunity to link data from other levels of government and the private sector to fully capture efforts in key areas such as health, education and infrastructure.
Improving our ability to link, combine and repurpose data will offer users of statistics the following benefits:
Migrant Personal Income Tax Data Integration
To improve the relevance and quality of migration statistics, the ABS worked in partnership with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Social Services to create the Personal Income Tax and Migrants Integrated Dataset.
This was done by integrating existing migrant data from two non-ABS datasets: the Australian Taxation Office Personal Income Tax records and the Department of Social Services Settlement Database. By better utilising these administrative sources, the project effectively had no data collection costs, and added no burden on the community.
The integrated dataset provided, for the first time, information on the personal income of migrants based on their visa stream (e.g. humanitarian, skilled or family stream). The ABS' partners in this project have recognised the value of this data in supporting government policy making, program management and service delivery. Through this partnership, the ABS will continue to produce the Personal Income Tax and Migrants Integrated Dataset on an annual basis.
There is more work to be done in undertaking one of the biggest changes in the ABS’ history and with the ongoing support of our stakeholders, we are confident we can achieve our vision of unleashing the power of statistics for a better Australia.
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