100 years of ABS on 8 December, 2005

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100 years of ABS on 8 December

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will celebrate its 100th birthday on 8 December 2005.

Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin said it was an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of quality statistics and the impact they had made in the development of modern Australia.

"Quality statistics are one of the most important elements of an effective democracy and the foundations for sensible and informed decisions," he said.

"The ABS strives to meet this important responsibility — keeping the nation informed and helping it understand itself.

"The hard work and commitment by generations of ABS staff over the last century has made the ABS a trusted national institution and one of the world's most respected statistical agencies.

"The celebration also gives us an opportunity to thank the individuals and businesses who have provided data through our surveys. We are grateful for their contribution, and dependent on their continuing support to produce relevant and useful information."

On 8 December there will be national and local events and activities across Australia involving past and current staff. It will be the culmination of a suite of ABS Centenary events held throughout 2005.