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The ABS objectives in statistical data integration
 




THE ABS OBJECTIVES IN STATISTICAL DATA INTEGRATION

In order to progress its work in data integration, the ABS seeks to:

  • Build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with data custodians to:
    • understand opportunities to be gained and policy outcomes to be supported through statistical data integration activities; and
    • establish protocols for ABS access to relevant datasets held by custodians.
  • Integrate important datasets to produce new statistical outputs. New datasets that have a strong potential for linkage include:
    • taxation data;
    • electoral data;
    • social security and related information;
    • data from the Medicare Benefits Scheme;
    • data from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme;
    • aged care data;
    • Valuer General’s data;
    • the Australian Immunisation Register; and
    • the Research Evaluation Database of social security and related information; amongst others.
  • Explore options to provide a secure and effective environment for data users to be able to query ABS and non-ABS datasets, including integrated datasets. Such an environment would support statistical and research requirements by providing appropriate, legislatively supported access to confidentialised data through the Remote Execution Environment for Microdata (REEM) and an onsite Data Laboratory.
EXAMPLE: INDIGENOUS MORTALITY
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are at a marked disadvantage compared with the rest of the population in a number of areas. Through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), governments have committed to ‘Closing the Gap’ in disadvantage, including closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation. The Indigenous Mortality Quality Study, funded by COAG, is designed to produce improved life expectancy estimates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and therefore to support reporting against the COAG target to close the gap in life expectancy. The project links Census data with 12 months of death registrations data, a key input for estimating life expectancy, for deaths that occurred after Census night 2011. Once the purpose of the project has been fulfilled, all linked datasets will be destroyed as will the names and addresses on the relevant 2011 Census records.


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