1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2017-18  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2017   
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We understand the value of official statistics to key decisions in Australia, by governments, but also by business, individuals and households. For over 110 years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has contributed to the wellbeing of Australians by providing high quality statistical information.

We are working to achieve greater use of our statistical information, contributing to informed decision making by governments, business, households, and the community, while naturally protecting the confidentiality of the sensitive information provided to us by households and businesses.

It is critical that the ABS can provide our stakeholders with statistics and data in which they can have confidence. It is important to ensure continued delivery of trusted, world-class statistics, and provide information required to drive innovation and to meet the information needs of today's dynamic economy and changing society.

With the inevitable challenges of limited resources, expanding user demands, and keeping ahead of the variety of measurement requirements within a dynamic economy, society and environment, we will need to make difficult choices around our priority statistics and respective effort.

One way for us to better deal with these challenges is to transform our business, progressing further efficiencies through step change in what we do while also carefully managing the key risks around the quality of our core statistics. I expect 2017-18 to be challenging as we move this transformation of our business from the development phase into a new phase of integration.

As the Accountable Authority of the ABS, I am pleased to present the ABS Corporate Plan 2017-18 which covers the period 2017-18 to 2020-21, in accordance with the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

I encourage you to take the time to gain a fuller understanding of the strategic directions of the ABS.

David W. Kalisch
Australian Statistician

Download a copy of the ABS Corporate Plan 2017-18