The APS Stats Network provides a forum for learning and exchange of information about the collection and use of statistics in the APS.
The network comprises people involved in the preparation of statistics as well as those who analyse and use data for reseach and policy work acorss the APS. Members are predominantly, but not exclusively, at the Executive level. The network welcomes new members and joining is as easy as contacting either someone who is already a member, or the ABS directly.
While the ABS assists the Network by providing a facilitation/co-ordination role, the Network is run by the members themselves.
The 2003 Chair of the Stats Network is Darren Benham, Manager, Survey Design, Analysis and Statistics, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. A Planning Committee has been appointed to co-ordinate keynote speakers and topics for discussion. The committee for 2003 comprises the Chair, Ian McDermid (Australian Customs Service), Neil Batty (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Mark Patton (Stats Network Co-ordinator - ABS).
The Network meets formally four times a year, with a final year Christmas function. Meetings are hosted by members on a rotational basis. The following schedule of meetings for 2003 is proposed:
Thursday 3 April
The key purpose of the Network is to provide an open forum for discussion of statistical and related issues faced by individual agencies, to encourage exchange of ideas and experience, and to gain assistance in finding solutions.
Thursday 5 June
Thursday 7 August
Thursday 2 October
Tuesday 2 December (Christmas Function)
Some of the topics discussed during 2002 included:
Census 2001, output plans and progress report;
The Role of Statistics in Organisational Knowledge Management;
Getting value for money from commissioned research;
Developments in ABS policy and procedures for CURF access and use.
If you are interested in joining the Stats Network or would like more information, please contact a Planning Committee member. Contact details are as follows:
This page first published 8 July 2003, last updated 5 November 2004