About the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Our purpose

The ABS purpose is to inform Australia's important decisions by partnering and innovating to deliver relevant, trusted, objective data, statistics and insights.

Our role

The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.

  • providing the statistical information that Australia needs
  • responding to the changing information priorities of our stakeholders
  • enhancing the ways that we interact with our stakeholders
  • developing and maintaining community trust, which is fundamental to our ability to collect high quality information
  • enabling effective and safe use of our statistics
  • coordinating and advising official bodies on statistics, including developing, and ensuring compliance with, statistical standards
  • fulfilling our role as an Accredited Integrating Authority
  • building our capacity to take advantage of opportunities, such as advances in technology, big data, and use of administrative information for statistical purposes
  • ensuring cost-effective operations, including better utilising existing information, collecting information more efficiently, streamlining processes, and reducing the impact on those who provide statistical information.

Deregulation at the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has put forward new deregulation proposals that seek to substantially reduce the time and cost for Australian businesses in responding to government surveys.


The ABS will work with businesses and intermediaries to look at how they can streamline their reporting to government, building on the success of Single Touch Payroll data.


One of the proposed initiatives will explore the use of systems, like small business accounting software, to make it easier to provide the Australian Government with important data. Another will look to reduce or eliminate other surveys by using data already collected by the ABS.


As well as freeing up businesses, these initiatives will have the added benefit of allowing the ABS to publish more timely and relevant statistics about the Australian economy, information which can be used by businesses and government to make better decisions.


An infographic explaining the benefits of these proposals is linked below:


Deregulation at the ABS

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