A View From The Top
From the Regional Director
Another Christmas is fast approaching and I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the statistical achievements over the last year.
The biggest achievement for this office has been the development of the Regional Spotlights program. Earlier this year the Spotlight on the Pilbara was released on an independent website through a co-operative venture with the Pilbara Development Commission. The Spotlight is a collection of indicators around key social, economic and environmental issues defined by the community of the Pilbara.
We were proud to have it launched by the Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Brendan Grylls MP and it has led to the development of a broader suite of regional indicators for the entire State. We have been involved in a range of projects with State Government including statistics around food security, spatial price indicators, improving indigenous administrative data for statistical purposes and regional crime profiles.
We are continually looking for ways to work with State Government to improve the National Statistical Service for WA and our partnerships with State Agencies are highly valued. Our statistical community, the Statistics WA Network (SWAN) has been active as has our Statistical Policy Committee of State Government and I would like to thank those valued people who have contributed their time and expertise to these forums.
A Merry Christmas to you all and I look forward to working with you again in 2011 (don’t forget the Census).
Government Statistician and
ABS Regional Director,