1504.0 - Methodological News, Mar 2008  
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NatStats 08 Conference

Preliminary planning for the ABS-hosted NatStats 08 Conference is underway. The conference, to be held in November 2008, will connect users and producers of official statistics, and provide an opportunity for participants to discuss strategies for measuring progress in Australian society. The conference focus will be on improving the range and quality of official statistics for the nation.

The main theme for the conference will be "Working together for a better informed and performed Australian Society".

The NatStats 08 Conference will be linked to the global initiative being led by the OECD on Measuring Societal Progress in the 21st Century. As part of this initiative, the OECD will be holding its third major international forum on Measuring the Progress of Societies, in Korea in mid 2009. The OECD World Forums are major events that provide opportunities for collaboration between those who wish to measure, or assess, the progress of their society. The OECD World Forums attract politicians, policy makers and statisticians from around the globe. Previous forums were held in Pisa in 2005 and Istanbul in 2007 and the initiative is gaining significant profile in many parts of the world.

We are interested in hearing your suggestions on topics or case studies for the conference program. If you would like to share your ideas with us, please contact Mark Lound on (02) 6252 6325.

Details of the conference will be included in future editions of Methodological News and posted on the NSS website www.nss.gov.au.