100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABS
On 8 December, 2005 the Australian Bureau of Statistics celebrates 100 years of service to the people of Australia. On that date 100 years ago, Parliament gave its assent to the Census and Statistics Act 1905. To commemorate this centenary the ABS has published Informing a Nation: the Evolution of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (cat. no. 1382.0).
Informing a Nation is a popular history of the ABS and its predecessor, the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. It covers the period from 1905 to the present. The publication is organised thematically and includes chapters on subject areas such as economic statistics, the Census, social statistics, prices, methodology, technology, international relations and the staff of the ABS. As well as the written history, the publication includes many images of the work of the ABS and its staff over the last century.
The publication may be downloaded from the ABS web site. There are also several short articles on the Census taken from the publication that may be downloaded and reproduced.