The State Statistical Forum (SSF) is one of the key fora through which the ABS can work with states and territories to address common statistical issues. The SSF was established in 2003 and is enabled through legislation which allows for regular 'conferences' between the Commonwealth and jurisdictions on statistical issues. Membership consists of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) representatives from each State and Territory, plus relevant representatives from the ABS including the Regional Directors of each State and Territory. Meetings are held twice-yearly and timed to coincide with ASAC meetings (usually in February and November of each year).
The role of the SSF is to actively partner with the ABS to progress the National Statistical Service within and across states and territories. A key task for the SSF is to identify high-priority statistical issues common across jurisdictions, and look for ways to address these through collaboration across jurisdictions and with the ABS. The SSF also acts as a conduit to ASAC and other statistical fora, raising the profile of state statistical priorities, and can play a strong part in promoting the value of effective statistical coordination across states and territories.
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