Work on the National Crime and Justice Statistical Framework (NCJSF) has progressed substantially over the last six months. Meetings of the Working Group in October 2000 and March this year have helped refine both the overall paper and the conceptual model in particular. Presentations of the paper to the Police Statisticians, the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Corrections Working Group and the COAG Police Working Group have also elicited useful feedback that has been incorporated into the paper. Further work on the model is currently occurring via close consultation with some of the Working Group members.
The NCCJS is currently reviewing the ABS' role in the provision of national emergency management statistics. Key stakeholders and users of national emergency management statistics are being consulted as the first stage of this review. The NCCJS will release a report by the end of the year outlining the national statistical needs of the emergency management sector and recommending how the ABS can assist the sector to meet these needs.
The ABS is assisting organisations to include the ABS standard Indigenous identification question into their administrative systems in line with other community initiatives to improve the measurement and delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The NCCJS is also currently working to improve the quality of Indigenous data in its collections. A recent meeting with Janis Shaw, Director of the ABS' National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS), assisted in the development of a situation analysis of current NCCJS projects and activities in Indigenous identification, as well as a strategy document for further improving the quality and coverage of Indigenous identifiers in administrative data collections.
Recently a meeting was held at the ABS office in Brisbane with representatives from all ABS’ State offices, NCCJS and NCATSIS to review and progress work on improving the Indigenous identifier in a broad range of administrative collections, including hospital admissions, school enrolments, and data collected by crime and justice organisations.
The NCCJS' involvement with statistical collections for COAG’s Report on Government Services continues. Feedback was provided on collections for the Police and Court Administrators' Working Groups, which fed into the Report on Government Services 2001.