The ABS continues to exploit rapid advances in Information Technology (IT) capability in key areas such as the Internet, knowledge management, mobile computing, data warehousing and data analysis. Independent benchmark studies continue to show that ABS IT operations rate well above world average in most areas. The ABS enjoys a global reputation with both other statistical agencies and IT vendors, as a leader in good practice in the effective application of IT.
Several enhancements were made to the ABS IT environment during 2000-01. These included changes to processing systems in response to The New Tax System and the commissioning of additional infrastructure for processing of the 2001 Census. Significant progress was made in the development and presentation of a coherent IT architecture with an emphasis on improved effectiveness through use of e-business approaches. Migration to a new network operating system (Windows 2000) was achieved with minimal disruption to end-users. Knowledge management facilities were significantly enhanced to further improve communication and the management and access of information resources. There was also substantial progress in the development of facilities to support the management, flexibility and quality control of ABS dissemination activities.