1001.0 - Annual Report - ABS Annual Report, 2002-03  
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Contents >> Section 3 - Performance Information >> Chapter 5 - Performance Information - Introduction

This Chapter outlines the performance of the ABS in 2002-03, in terms of its outcomes and outputs as specified in the 2002-03 Portfolio Budget Statements as presented to Parliament in May 2002.


    Informed decision-making, research and discussion within governments and the community based on the provision of a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service.


1: Relevance of ABS output

Performance Measure 1.1: Statistical output which meets the needs of key users of economic and social data in terms of:
  • support to decision making
  • demonstrated by a high level of use.

Performance Measure 1.2: Openness of planning process

2: Integrity in statistical operations

Performance Measure 2.1: An objective statistical service through:
  • release of reliable/accurate statistics
  • open statistical process
  • trust and cooperation of providers.

3: Appropriate use of statistical standards, frameworks and methodologies

Performance Measure 3.1: Lead the development of national statistical standards, frameworks and methodologies, and their implementation within the broader Australian statistical system

Performance Measure 3.2: Contribute to the development of key international standards, frameworks and methodologies, and implement them as appropriate

4: Improving coordination of the collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics produced by other official bodies

Performance Measure 4.1: Statistical Clearing House activity

Performance Measure 4.2: Assisting other official bodies with the integration of administrative and statistical data, including outposting ABS officers and providing training on statistical standards, frameworks and methodologies

Performance Measure 4.3: Identifying, storing and disseminating statistics from other official bodies


5: Increase the quantity of output

Performance Measure 5.1: Increase the range of statistics disseminated

Performance Measure 5.2: Innovative outputs

6: Improve the quality of outputs

Performance Measure 6.1: Achieve or exceed timeliness, statistical reliability, response rates and accuracy objectives through:
  • timeliness
  • statistical reliability
  • response rates
  • accuracy.

Performance Measure 6.2: Conduct ongoing research and reviews of quality, and implement their recommendations:
  • outline ABS statistical reviews
  • innovative practices - improvements to existing collections as a result of research and development.

7: Achievement of cost effective outputs

Performance Measure 7.1: Conduct efficiency reviews and audits, and implement their recommendations

Performance Measure 7.2: Test operating efficiencies of statistical activities by benchmarking internally and externally

Performance Measure 7.3: Market test a number of non-statistical activities to identify possible outsourcing opportunities

Performance Measure 7.4: Minimise provider load

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