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PHASE 3 - ESSENTIAL STATISTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
The scope is not intended to extend to other enablers required to produce statistics, such as physical buildings, computer hardware, and capable staff with sufficient statistical skills.
There is currently no existing framework that supports the identification of such infrastructure. The ABS is in the early stages of developing such a framework to support other internal initiatives and the intention is to leverage this work to support the development of a list of ESI.
WHAT IS ESSENTIAL STATISTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE?
Essential Statistical Infrastructure is defined as a sub-set of official statistical infrastructure that is fundamental to the creation of high quality statistics. At a minimum, it is expected that the critical statistical infrastructure employed in the creation of statistics featured on the list of ESA for Australia would be included within the list of ESI.
It may be possible that there are other statistical infrastructure assets that deserve to be recognised due to their broad application and usage in official statistics and/or enduring nature.
PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING THE LIST OF ESSENTIAL STATISTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Once the current work within the ABS is sufficiently advanced, the ABS will seek to engage with key stakeholders including custodians of official datasets to obtain broader agreement on the conceptual framework and criteria for identification of ESI assets.
When the foundation work is agreed to, work will commence on a targeted consultation process to identify the list of ESI. It is possible that this work will be undertaken concurrently with the Phase 2 work with data custodians during the remainder of 2013.
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