1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Dec 2007  
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Summary of Events

ESCG and SSCG Meetings
Representatives from state government agencies met with the ABS on 7 December at the combined Economic and Social Consultative Group (ESCG and SSCG) meeting. The agenda included several presentations and a discussion of strategic statistical issues.

David Smith from the Department of Treasury and Finance outlined the relationship between the two consultative groups and the Statistical Policy Committee (SPC) and directions into the future.

Mike Wilson of the Department of Industry and Resources gave a presentation on the Western Australian Mineral and Petroleum Statistics Digest and Kylie Armstrong from Landgate talked to the group about the Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP).

STSS Conference
On 31 October and 1 November, the WA ABS office hosted the annual State and Territory Statistical Services (STSS) conference.

The conference provided an opportunity for senior officers from all ABS offices to develop strategies aimed at improving statistics in key areas including demographic and economic statistics for sub-state regions; children and youth; and improving statistical information about the Indigenous population.

The conference allowed for information sharing on strategic projects being undertaken across the ABS.

Projects demonstrated included the WA Indicator Framework System (WAIFS), and the National Data Network (NDN) - Children and Youth Statistical Portal.

2011 Census
During 19 and 20 November, the ABS conducted a series of seminars in Perth to outline directions for the next Census in 2011 and to address any questions.

The seminars were based on the ‘Information Paper:Census of Population and Housing: ABS Views on Content and Procedures, 2011’ (cat. no. 2007.0).

Users of Census data and interested members of the public are invited to make submissions or recommendations on desired changes to any aspect of the Census. Submissions can be lodged online, by email, or in hardcopy.

The submission form, as well as information and guidelines about making a submission, is available from <www.abs.gov.au/2011censusviews>. Submissions must be lodged by 31 March 2008.