ABS, Deakin Uni sign MOU to support data transformation

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6 July 2017

MEDIA RELEASE
80/2017
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
ABS and Deakin University sign MOU to support data transformation

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has continued on its path of transformation by signing a memorandum of understanding with one of Australia’s leading universities to improve data collection processes.

Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch said the ABS would leverage Deakin University expertise to improve survey responses, data quality and identify structural improvements to the ABS survey program.

“The ABS has a world-leading reputation in producing quality, relevant statistics that make a difference,” Mr Kalisch said.

“We are always looking at ways to enhance our work. This agreement with Deakin University will allow us to produce more technologically advanced, cost-effective, timely and concise data as the ABS continues to unleash the power of statistics for a better Australia.

“This partnership is part of the ABS’ five-year, wide-ranging transformation program, supported by a new structure and governance, and investment in modernising our infrastructure.”

Mr Kalisch signed the deal with Deakin University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.

Professor den Hollander said the new agreement with the ABS would build on its existing relationship with the agency, which last year set up its National Data Acquisition Centre at the University’s Waterfront Campus.

“Deakin is delighted to now partner with the ABS to help improve its survey program, drawing on our vast multi-disciplinary expertise and experience, combined with the latest technological innovations,” Professor den Hollander said.

“Deakin is committed to supporting the communities we serve, so we are pleased that Government agencies such as the ABS have chosen to invest in Geelong and the local economy through jobs and research programs that will spring from our partnership.”