Performance Measures and Targets
- Performance measures meet the requirements of section 16EA of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.
- Performance measures have been adopted for Priorities One to Four only. Measures of Priority Five are inherently input-focused and are therefore monitored internally by the business.
- Targets have been provided for each performance measure where it is reasonable to do so.
Priority 1: Produce high quality statistics
|Community Trust in ABS Statistics Survey (CTASS)||At least 85% level of trust in the ABS and ABS statistics||2024-25|
|Number of statistics released free of significant errors¹||100% of statistics are released free of significant errors||2022–23 to 2025–26|
|Compliance with International Monetary Fund (IMF)|
Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS)²
|IMF assess ABS to be 100% compliant with SDDS for in-scope collections||2022–23 to 2025–26|
|Release of the first statistics from the 2021 Census within 12 months of Census night||First release of Census data occurs before 10 August 2022||2022–23|
|Complete public consultation on 2026 Census topics||Publish 2026 Census Topic Directions||2023–24|
|Finalise 2026 Census topics||Regulations are updated to define Census topics||2024–25|
|Successful completion of the 2026 Census test in 2025||2025 Census test is completed and the evaluation report is agreed and accepted by the 2026 Census governance forum||2025-26|
Priority 2: Generate timely new insights
|Method||Case studies⁵||Year measured⁶|
Case studies showing how new statistics or insights are used by clients
Priority 3: Exercise leadership in the data landscape
Composite index of channel access:
Number of peer learning offerings delivered through, for example,
No target - benchmarking year
5 percent increase on benchmark
Priority 4: Reduce burden on data providers
|Method||Case studies||Year measured⁹|
Case studies showing efficiencies made in collecting data for statistical purposes
|Total time taken for survey respondents to complete business surveys||6.5 percent decrease on benchmark||2022–23|
|13 percent decrease on benchmark||2023–24|
|20 percent decrease on benchmark||2024–25|
|25 percent decrease on benchmark||2025–26|
1. An error is significant if it could mislead a user as to the value of a statistical indicator of national or state importance.
3. Each Census is implemented over a five-year period and as such, targets for this measure change each year to reflect the major phases of Census. Targets relevant to the years covered by this Plan are included here.
4. Quality and trust measures were included in the ABS Corporate Plan 2021-22 and reported in the ABS Annual Report 2021-22. The 2021 Census achieved a response rate of 96.1% and nearly 80% of respondents expressed support through an independent survey of user sentiment towards the 2021 Census.
5. The ABS uses case studies based on Tier 1 (Significant Projects) and seeks to prioritise case study selection of those projects with a high likelihood of completion in the reporting period.
6. Case study topics listed for this measure are reported against for only the first year covered by this Plan i.e. 2022–23. Each year, new case studies are selected for reporting against this measure.
7. Based on a benchmark value in 2020–21 of 100.
8. The ABS is no longer delivering data leadership training for APS SES officers and so the previous measure of attendance by SES at data leadership training has not been retained as a measure from 2022–23. The APS Academy is delivering this training.
9. Case study topics listed for this measure are reported against for only the first year covered by this Plan i.e. 2022–23. Each year, new case studies are selected for reporting against this measure.
10. Based on a benchmark value of 338,964 hours from 2020–21.