Senior Staff Biography - Paul Williams, Regional Director, New South Wales

Photo: Paul Williams

Paul Williams was appointed to the role of Regional Director of the New South Wales Office of the ABS in December 2010.

A key role of the NSW Office is to work closely with the NSW Government in support of the National Statistical Service. The Office is also responsible for a number of ABS programs, including: the despatch and collection control for all ABS economic collections; Business Statistics Centres responsible for the Annual Integrated Collections (economic) and the Quarterly Economic Wide Surveys; and collection operations for monthly population surveys and the five-yearly population census for NSW and ACT.

Paul commenced in the Hobart Office of the ABS in 1978 and worked on a number of economic collections. He has a long history in the Population Census starting in 1985 undertaking collection district design for the 1986 Census. He has been involved in a number of innovations in the Census including: expansion of electronic dissemination of census data, innovations in census processing and the introduction of eCensus for the 2006 Census. He has represented the ABS on census related matters on international groups and undertaken census related advisory work for countries in Asia and Africa.

He has had a long standing interest in geography and the development of Australia's geospatial infrastructure. The ABS was a partner with the Public Sector Mapping Agency in the development of the first consistent digital map database for Australia. The ABS has been a world leader in the use of digital mapping in the Census and more widely to support statistical work. Paul oversaw the introduction of mesh blocks and initiated the review of the ABS geographic classifications that has lead to the development of the Australian Statistical Geographic Standard.

In 2007, he was appointed Assistant Statistician of the Industry Branch (later Industry and Environment Branch) and oversaw the planning to expand the range of environmental economic accounts produced by the ABS.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree (History and French) from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Certificate of Management from the University of Canberra. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2007.