1395.0 - Essential Statistical Assets for Australia, 2015  
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Effective statistical infrastructure is necessary to ensure the overall quality and accessibility of Australia’s official statistics. However, the significant investment required to maintain statistical infrastructure assets is often unrecognised and/or undervalued.

The objective of the ESI consultation was to understand the main statistical infrastructure opportunities and barriers underpinning the production and use of official statistics with a view to informing strategic initiatives (including the ABS transformation program) around modernising Australia’s statistical system.

Essential Statistical infrastructure includes several important components of Australia’s statistical system including:

  • procedures that enable statistical production activities,
  • conceptual standards, official classification structures, and various registers that are used in statistical production activities,
  • foundational assets of legislation, policies and governance that provide structure and organisation to the statistical system’s environment,
  • software applications that enable or support statistical production activities, and
  • skills and culture.