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ABS AT A GLANCE
(a) to constitute the central statistical authority for the Australian Government and, by arrangements with the governments of the states, provide statistical services for those governments;
(b) to collect, compile, analyse and disseminate statistics and related information;
(c) to ensure coordination of the operations of official bodies in the collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics and related information, with particular regard to:
(ii) the attainment of compatibility between, and the integration of, statistics compiled by official bodies; and
(iii) the maximum possible utilisation, for statistical purposes, of information, and means of collection of information, available to official bodies;
(e) to provide advice and assistance to official bodies in relation to statistics; and
(f) to provide liaison between Australia, on the one hand, and other countries and international organisations, on the other hand, in relation to statistical matters.
Under the Statistics (Arrangements with States) Act 1956, Australian and state government statistical services have been integrated since 1958 (from 1924 for Tasmania). Although not covered by legislation, similar arrangements apply in both territories.
The Chairperson of the Council is Mr Geoff Allen AM, Director, ACIL Allen Consulting. ASAC members include nominees from each of the state premiers and the territory chief ministers. The other members are appointed by the minister responsible for the ABS, and are chosen to represent a broad cross-section of perspectives, including business, government, academic and community interests.
The Australian Statistics Advisory Council's mission
The Council's mission, in keeping with its statutory charter, is to ensure the advice furnished to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and the Statistician in relation to the collection and dissemination of statistics has due regard to the relative priorities, is objective, relevant, timely, constructive and practical, and is sensitive to the needs of both suppliers and users of statistical data.
Further information on the Australian Statistics Advisory Council can be found at http:\\www.asac.gov.au or by contacting the Secretariat by mail to:
ABS Locked Bag 10 Belconnen ACT 2616.
The Council's annual report can also be found on its website.
OUTCOME AND PROGRAM STRUCTURE
In the Portfolio Budget Statements 2014-15, the ABS has one outcome: Informed decision-making, research and discussion within governments and the community by leading the collection, analysis and provision of high quality, objective and relevant statistical information.
Within the context of the Portfolio Budget Statements, Program 1.1 (Australian Bureau of Statistics), the ABS produces and disseminates statistics to meet the above outcome.
Economic statistics are produced predominantly from the ABS business survey program. They include an extensive range of statistical outputs relating to the structure and performance of the Australian economy.
Population and social statistics are produced mainly through the ABS household survey program. They include statistical information relating to the Australian population, including census and demographic statistics, as well as information relating to the social and economic wellbeing of the population.
Program 1.1 – Australian Bureau of Statistics – provides an objective source of information that is used by governments and the community to inform their decisions. The provision of statistics involves extensive data collection through censuses, surveys and from administrative data sources.
The ABS statistical programs are supported by service and infrastructure areas that deliver assistance and advice on statistical methods, data and metadata management, information technology, client management, dissemination, human resources and other corporate services.
The ABS is led by the Australian Statistician - a statutory office established by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975.
As at 30 June 2015, the ABS produced and disseminated statistics under two broad programs: Economic and Environment Statistics; and Population, Labour and Social Statistics. These areas of statistics involve extensive data collection through censuses and surveys and from administrative data sources. The statistical programs are supported by services which deliver assistance and advice on statistical methods, data, and metadata arrangements, information technology, data acquisition and collection, client management, dissemination, human resources and other corporate services.
The full version of the Annual Report available under the 'downloads' tab shows the ABS organisation chart as at 30 June 2015. For the current organisation chart please refer to the ABS website: http:\\www.abs.gov.au
Entity resource statements and resources for outcomes
To view the independent auditors report and related financial statements for the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the 2014-15 financial year please refer to the pdf of the Annual Report 2014-15 Australian Bureau of Statistics pages 99-157 (available via the downloads tab for this product).
The Entity Resource Statement 2014-15 and Expenses for outcomes are provided in Tables 2.1 and 2.2.
Entity resource statement
Table 2.1: Entity resource statement
RESOURCES FOR OUTCOMES
Table 2.2: Resources for outcomes
(a) The ABS has one outcome and one program, therefore this table should be used for both outcome and program purposes.
(b) Budget Source: 2014–15 Portfolio Budget Statements. Departmental appropriation combines ‘Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act No. 1, 3 and 5)’ and Retained Revenue Receipts under section 74 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
(c) Excludes the Census Data Processing Centre, interviewers and Census field agents.
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