MESSAGE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN STATISTICIAN
ABS AGENCY MULTICULTURAL PLAN 2013-2015
Respecting Diversity. Improving Responsiveness.
I am pleased to present the Australian Bureau of Statistics Agency Multicultural Plan 2013-2015.
Australia is a culturally and linguistically diverse country. The 2011 Census of Population and Housing revealed that of Australia's 21.5 million people, over 25 per cent were born overseas, with a further 20 per cent of residents having at least one overseas born parent. In 2011, 81 per cent of Australians aged 5 years and over spoke only English at home, while 2 per cent did not speak English at all.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ mission is to assist and encourage informed decision making, research and discussion within governments and the community, by leading a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service. Our ability to deliver a high quality statistical service relies on ensuring that access to our programs, services and products is equitable, regardless of cultural or linguistic backgrounds.
Our vision for multicultural access and equity is one where Australians of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are actively engaged with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and where governments and communities can make informed decisions about culturally and linguistically diverse communities. I am confident that by delivering on our commitments within this Agency Multicultural Plan we will continue to deliver on our vision.
Finally, I invite members of the Australian community to provide feedback on our access and equity performance and our Agency Multicultural Plan.