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Newsletters - APS Stats Network - Record of Meeting - 3 April 2003

Dear Stats Network member

Record of Stats Network meeting, Thursday 3 April 2003

Venue: Wickens Room, ABS House, Belconnen

Darren Benham, DCITA
Dick Crockett, ABS
Teresa Dickinson, ABS
Mary Patton, ABS/DITR
Cheryl Trussler, DIMIA
Sue Salloom, Customs
Sally Goodspeed, ABS/DOHA
Amber Jitts, DOHA
Ian McDermid, Customs
Peter Thomson, HIC
Janice Miller, AIHW
Tony Lawrence, Health
Neil Batty, DFAT
Mark Patton, ABS
Rob Martyn, ABS


Pat Stakelum, ACT Chief Minister's Dept
Geoff Armitage, ABARE
Stan Fleetwood, DITR


Welcome and opening remarks:

Dick Crockett, Asst Statistician, Information Services Branch, ABS

Dick gave an outline of ABS dissemination strategy for the future. His talk generated discussion on a number of topics, such as the future of CDATA and IRDB, the deployment of Super TABLE software to allow greater use of datacubes and the development of the Remote Access Data Laboratory.

The slides accompanying his talk are attached.

Following afternoon tea, Darren asked the meeting to note several reference documents:
    Review of the Terms of Reference for the Network

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      Updated Network Information Sheet

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    Applications for Census 2001 data - a report from DCITA and NOIE:
    Darren Benham

    These agencies are making extensive use of Census data, although Darren was unable to be specific about the application he had intended to discuss. The material is yet to be cleared by the Ministers office.

    Given the portfolio responsiblities of these agencies, data relating to computers and internet usage is the main area of focus. Other uses he mentioned were for; policy work in respect of smaller populations; compiling an ICT scorecard for each State/Territory; and monitoring and mapping the take up broadband services with a combination of Census and (private) Carrier data.

    Any members who are using Census data, or know of applications in their agency are encouraged to contribute to the discussion with a short description of the activity.

    General business:

    Issues of interest, topics for discussion during 2003

    There was a general discussion about possible topics for future meetings. Peter Thomson suggested that presentations by members about what they do has been a useful feature of previous meetings. Several discussion topics were identified - data linkage and the defence personnel census. The meeting also indicated that an update by ABS of progress in the NSS work plan would be of interest, following the feedback given by members last year, as well as the Statistical Coordination Forum, held shortly after this Network meeting.

    The meeting concluded at 4:20 pm.

    Next meeting

    The date for the next meeting is 5 June, from 2 - 4:30pm. The venue will be the new offices of DCITA's Communications Research Unit at the Burns Centre. More details, including the agenda, will be advised closer to the time.

    Rob Martyn
    Stats Network Co-ordination
    Phone (02) 6252 5280

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