OPERATION OF ASAC
The Australian Statistics Advisory Council was established by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975.
The Chairperson of the Council receives an annual fee, set by the Remuneration Tribunal, and members are reimbursed their travel costs, where applicable. Apart from the Chairperson, no members receive remuneration for serving on the Council. Direct expenditure on ASAC during 2006–07 was $73,137. These costs are met from the ABS budget.
The higher costs incurred during 2006–07 mainly reflect the inclusion of publishing costs as an ASAC expense.
Secretariat services for ASAC are provided by the ABS. The office of ASAC Secretary is held by the Assistant Statistician, Office of the Statistician. Secretariat support provided by the ABS includes organising and recording meetings, administering membership and the members’ web site, and the preparation of the Council’s Annual Report. The cost of these services was estimated to be $76,955 during 2006–07.