1308.7 - Inform NT, Dec 2010  
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NATSTATS 2010 – A Success
World Statistics Day Celebrations Around Australia
A Guide for Using Statistics for Evidence Based Policy
Assisting Teachers with Statistical Literacy


The NatStats 2010 Conference was held from 15–17 September  2010, at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

The overall theme for NatStats 2010: "Measuring what counts: economic development, well–being and progress in 21st century Australia", explored drivers of economic and related social change that are shaping Australia's future development.

The conference was very successful and attracted over 460 delegates, 54 presenters and 14 exhibitors both representing users and providers of data from government, business, the media, and the academic and wider communities.

One of the key outcomes of the Conference is the development of a set of Conference Recommendations – broad, strategic objectives that will assist in setting directions for shaping a future statistical system that will be relevant and responsive to future challenges in Australia. The final Recommendations were formally released on 20 October 2010, to celebrate World Statistics Day. Please visit the NatStats website to view the Conference Recommendations, speaker presentations and photos.


The inaugural World Statistics Day, initiated by the United Nations, was celebrated on 20 October 2010. Celebrations were held around the country, within the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and across the wider statistical community.

The ABS Central Office hosted a seminar with guest speaker Professor Glenn Withers from Universities Australia talking about the importance of statistics for policy making. To celebrate the day Brian Pink, the Australian Statistician released the following key publications:

  • A Guide for Using Statistics for Evidence Based Policy
  • The Recommendations of NatStats 2010 and the NatStats 2010 DVD
  • The Community Trust in ABS Statistics Survey final results.

ABS Regional Offices celebrated World Statistics Day by holding seminars and presentations which demonstrated the statistical achievements in the different Australian regions. An important feature of this unique day was the recognition and celebration of the core values of the ABS – service to the Australian community and governments, professionalism and integrity, and the commitment to these values by all ABS staff in their daily work.

ABS Northern Territory Office celebrated World Statistics Day by holding a Population Census information session for external clients. Regional Director Tom Joseph spoke about the importance of the inaugural World Statistics Day and the release of the NatStats 2010 Conference Recommendations. Tarrant Moore of the Northern Territory Treasury also spoke about is experience at NatStats 2010.

World Statistics Day provided a great opportunity to share with stakeholders and to thank the general community for their trust in ABS statistics and their commitment to making Australia better by providing information on their lives, households, businesses and community issues.

For further information regarding World Statistics Day visit UNSD website


Within Australian and international governments there is an increasing emphasis on the importance of using good statistical information when making policy decisions. In October, the publication, A Guide for Using Statistics for Evidence Based Policy, 2010 (cat. no. 1500.0) was released, providing an overview of how data can be used to make well informed policy decisions. The publication includes the following information:
  • How good statistics can enhance the decision making process
  • Using statistics for making evidence based decisions
  • Data awareness
  • Understanding statistical concepts
  • Analysing and evaluating statistical information
  • Communicating statistical findings
  • Evaluating policy outcomes.


The latest edition of Education News (cat. no. 1330.0), the newsletter from the Education Services Unit was released in October. Education News helps teachers in both primary and secondary schools use ABS resources in their classrooms. This issue features articles that assist Maths teachers utilise CensusAtSchool to improve their students' statistical literacy, introduces the International Statistical Literacy Project poster competition and encourages teachers to visit the 'Interact with ABS Data' pages.