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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Jun 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/06/2008   
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ABS Officer Outpostings

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Over the years, outpostings have assisted New South Wales Government agencies through the placement of professional statisticians within their organisations to advance specific priorities and projects. It has also assisted ABS in understanding the strategic working environments of State Government agencies. This has allowed the ABS to form strong working relationships with these agencies, encouraging the use of statistics as an integral tool in their decision making process.

Outposted ABS Officer John Ridley commenced a 12 month outpost at the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) in July 2007. The outpost was arranged to accomplish a program of statistical work including the preparation of the 2008 Two Ways Together Report on Indicators. This biennial report brings together data from relevant NSW State agencies and the ABS to provide a comprehensive picture of the condition of Aboriginal people in NSW. The publication was released on 22 April at Parliament House in Sydney.

For the remaining period of the outposting, John will be working on assessing the demographic data available to the DAA from ABS and other sources. The data illuminates issues such as growth in the Aboriginal population, the movement of Aboriginal people into rural towns and coastal areas, as well as developing a process for accomplishing the next Indicators Report.

Outpostings are tailored to suit the needs of the agency in which ABS officers have been deployed. The outposted officer is one of the best ways the ABS can provide statistical support to NSW Government and other agencies. In recent times, outpostings have responded to an increase in demand for expertise in statistical data provided by the ABS, due to greater emphasis being placed on evidence based policy development and evaluation.

Outposted ABS NSW Officers: available to assist NSW Government agencies with statistical projects. For further information contact Allan McLean on (02) 9268 4795 or email

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