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1500.0 - A guide for using statistics for evidence based policy, 2010  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/10/2010  First Issue
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Statistics are collected on most aspects of Australian life capturing vital information about our economic performance, the well-being of our population and the condition of our environment. They help form the basis of our democracy and provide us with essential knowledge to assess the health and progress of our society.

We rely on policy and decision makers to make the best use of the information available for research, planning and informed decision-making. The use of robust statistical information is vital for the implementation of new policy, the monitoring of existing policy, and evaluating the success of policy decisions. Without statistics the decision making process would be ineffective in delivering outcomes that improve the social, economic and environmental aspects of Australian life.

What is the National Statistical Service?

The National Statistical Service (NSS) is the community of government agencies, led by the ABS as Australia’s national statistical organisation, building a rich statistical picture for a better informed Australia. It aims to develop and improve a statistical system that ensures providers and users of statistics have the confidence to trust the statistics produced within it. To find out more about the NSS visit

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