Australian Bureau of Statistics
Requirements of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act
High Quality Statistical Service
The ABS has an excellent reputation, both at home and abroad, for providing a statistical service of high quality and integrity.
A key reason for this reputation is that the ABS is willing to subject its operations and performance to both internal and external scrutiny. Some of the ways this is done include:
· The advertisement of all scheduled release dates for publications up to twelve months in advance;
· The use of daily press and media releases to inform users of publications being released each day;
· The strict embargo policy, which is known to the public, that ensures impartiality for the release of all publications;
· The publication of the ABS three year Forward Work Program, which describes the ABS program, including the resources to be used, the outputs, the clients and the uses of statistical information, and the proposed developments over the next three years;
· The release of information about statistical standards, statistical quality, frameworks, concepts, sources and methods in a range of products such as information papers, publications (including explanatory and technical notes) and electronic products (e.g. quality declarations);
· The inclusion of details of major revisions to published data in the explanatory notes of the relevant publication; and
· The definitions employed by the ABS follow International statistical conventions. For example, the definitions of employment and unemployment are those adopted by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians.
The ABS recently released information about the ABS Data Quality Framework and its seven dimensions (Institutional Environment, Relevance, Timeliness, Accuracy, Coherence, Interpretability, Accessibility). This framework can be used for multiple purposes including declaring quality, assessing quality and identifying gaps in the availability of data. More information can be found through the following link: ABS Data Quality Framework, May 2009 (cat. no. 1520.0).
This page last updated 29 March 2010