This publication summarises the Essential Statistical Assets (ESA) for Australia initiative, including presenting the 2013 list of ESA for Australia, which was endorsed by the Australian Statistics Advisory Council in February 2013. The publication also outlines the plan for the future phases of the initiative. These include assessing the current quality of those statistics identified on the list, identifying the supporting statistical infrastructure that are vital for the production of high quality and trusted statistics and finally, identifying opportunities for the ABS to work collaboratively with government agencies to make improvements to the statistical system where it would be of greatest benefit.
The 2013 list of ESA for Australia represents the first holistic assessment of the most essential statistics to meet current user requirements undertaken in Australia, and as such will require periodic review to ensure that it remains relevant. As the initiative is an evolving project, we welcome your comments and feedback on this version of the list, the next phases of the ESA for Australia initiative, and what areas of statistics you feel may warrant consideration in future iterations of the list (it is planned that the list will be revised in two years’ time). Please send any comments you may have to:
Director, National Statistical Service Leadership Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10
Belconnen ACT 2616
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org