The ABS Information Technology (IT) environment continued to provide a robust and cost-effective platform for ABS operations. The ABS enjoys a global reputation as a leader in good practice in the effective application of IT.
Several significant initiatives were undertaken during 2001–02. The move of the ABS Central Office to ABS House required relocation of the Corporate Data Centre as well as the seamless commissioning of new IT infrastructure to support the 1,600 staff involved. The move went smoothly and the new facilities are working successfully. Good progress was made on implementation of the new ABS Enterprise Architecture with the successful development of ‘proof of concept’ applications in the areas of input data warehousing, process control, and survey provider management. The new census processing systems functioned well and the ABS web site was significantly upgraded to support the increased use generated by the release of 2001 Census data. Work required to roll-out a new ‘desktop’ (Desktop@ABS) featuring improved software management, new knowledge management facilities, and the Windows XP operating system, was completed to schedule.