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The ABS is led by the Australian Statistician - a statutory office established by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975. The Statistician completed a review of the ABS’ structure during the first half of 2007, with the new structure in place from 2 July 2007. For more information on the review see Chapter 1 Australian Statistician’s review of 2006–07.
During 2006–07, the statistical operations of the ABS were divided into two groups: Economic Statistics Group and Population Statistics Group. Each group was headed by a Deputy Australian Statistician, with the support of a First Assistant Statistician leading the Economic Surveys and Integration Division for the Economic Statistics Group, and another leading the Social and Labour Statistics Division for the Population Statistics Group.
A third Deputy Australian Statistician has been leading the Services Group, with responsibility for meeting the ABS’ other business objectives. This group has had First Assistant Statisticians leading the Technology Services and Corporate Services Divisions.
The Methodology and the Information Management and Census Divisions reported directly to the Australian Statistician.
The Office of the Statistician is responsible for key corporate functions, which support the Australian Statistician’s administrative and statistical roles.
The ABS has a central office in Canberra and regional offices located in the eight state and territory capitals.
All regional offices, apart from the ACT office, have some responsibilities for national statistical activities. Regional offices are also primarily responsible for the delivery of statistical services to their state or territory. These offices have ongoing engagement with state and territory governments on statistical services and priorities through state and territory committees set up for that purpose and other consultation processes. In Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania, the Regional Director administering the ABS regional office is also the State Government Statistician.
All Regional Directors have a direct reporting line to a Deputy Australian Statistician (see organisational chart below for more detail).
(as at 30 June 2007)