Strategic risks and assurance
The design of the 2021 Census has incorporated lessons, reflections and findings from:
• ABS’s experiences of running the challenging but ultimately successful 2016 Census
• the implementation of the successful Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey (AMLPS)
• operational experience from our regular program of surveys producing 500 statistical releases every year
• experiences from our colleagues in international statistical agencies
• the report on the quality of 2016 Census data release by the Census Independent Assurance Panel
• the review by the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security of the events surrounding the outage of the online Census form (the MacGibbon review)
• Senate Inquiries into the 2016 Census and the operation of the AMLPS.
The ABS has established a clear approach to the management, ownership, assessment and treatment of risks and issues, and how we will manage these risks and issues.
KPMG has been appointed as the Independent Program Assurer to advise the 2021 Census in delivery of its key outcomes.
The Assurer provides an objective, third party view of the Census progress, along with real-time assurance and views on emerging risks and issues during Census operations. It reports directly to the Census Senior Responsible Officer and informs on the findings of its work to the Census Executive Board, which is chaired by the Australian Statistician and comprises senior ABS staff and external representatives.