8179.0.55.002 - Discussion Paper: Consultation on topics emerging from submissions to the Information and Communication Technology Statistics Review, May 2015  
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4 May 2015
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
ABS seeks input on key topics for Information and Communication Technology statistics review

Productivity measurement, definition of key terms, and data sources are some of the themes highlighted in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Statistics Review Discussion Paper, released today.

The ICT Statistics Review is a joint project between the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Department of Communications, Bureau of Communications Research (BCR).

The Review is designed to assess the priority information areas for ICT statistics, as well as ways to improve the quality of digital economy data available for Australia’s decision-makers.

Public submissions were sought early this year and the paper includes a summary of topics emerging from these submissions and outlines the next steps as part of the ICT Statistics Review.

Diane Braskic from the ABS said the submissions showed strong support for a review of ICT statistics and provided a good base from which the Review can progress.

“The public submission process saw 28 submissions received addressing various aspects of the ICT Review’s terms of reference,” said Ms Braskic.

“The paper provides a summary of the information needs that have been identified and gives further opportunity to provide input to prioritise these for the final report.

“Consultations will continue and we strongly encourage further input to identify and prioritise information requirements relevant to stakeholders.”

Head of the BCR, Dr Paul Paterson echoed the sentiments of Ms Braskic.

“We’re delighted with the response." said Dr Paterson. "This input provides a sound basis to build a robust platform for data collection and analysis in a fast-moving and dynamic sector of the Australian economy.”

Feedback on the information requirements can be provided to the Review Secretariat at innovation.technology@abs.gov.au by 5.00pm AEST, 22 May, 2015.

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