ESSENTIAL STATISTICAL ASSETS FOR AUSTRALIA
The Essential Statistical Assets for Australia (ESA) is an initiative led by the ABS to identify the nation's key official statistics and from these, the underlying datasets used to produce these statistics. The purpose of this initiative is to identify the core set of essential statistical assets generated by governments and use this list to support the prioritisation of ongoing investment in these assets. The broader set of official statistics is still important and will continue to be produced but these core set are considered essential to inform decision making by governments.
Essential Statistical Assets for Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 1395.0) was released on 14 March 2013. This presents the 2013 list of ESA for Australia and is proposed to be reviewed after two years, with future review every three to five years to ensure the list remains relevant. The list is organised around three pillars: Economy, Environment and Society. Migrant statistics has been included in the Demography section under Society, as being critical in the development of policy and program directions concerning migrant numbers, migrant skills, workforce experiences and education, as well as population and immigration policy. The ABS' Characteristics of Recent Migrants Survey and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's Settlement Database have been identified in the 2013 list of Essential Statistical Assets for Australia which is great news for users of migrant related data.