1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2017-18  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2017   
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Maintaining the trust and support of governments, business, and the community is critical for the ABS to achieve its purpose. We will accomplish this through partnering with our stakeholders to innovate and deliver relevant, trusted, and objective statistics. We will also seek to preserve the ongoing trust of our survey respondents and data providers by continuing to maintain the secrecy of the information provided to us, as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905, while also ensuring that we meet the additional requirements of the Privacy Act 1988. We will also work with our government and business stakeholders to reduce respondent burden by more effectively using the wealth of existing government and non-government information to more efficiently deliver insights.

As part of the Treasury portfolio, the ABS maintains a close relationship with the Department of the Treasury and the responsible Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Small Business, while acting independently and objectively to provide official statistics and exercise our legislative powers. The Statement of Expectations for the ABS outlines the Australian Government’s expectations of us as we carry out our functions. To support us in this role, the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) is the key advisory body to the Minister and the ABS. ASAC provides valuable input into our statistical functions and the ABS Forward Work Program.

We will continue to strengthen our partnerships to ensure that we are able to effectively meet Australia’s increasingly complex information needs. To guide us in partnering with our stakeholders, the ABS released its Engagement Strategy in 2015, prioritising engagement by making it a central pillar of our organisational culture. The ABS Engagement Strategy is based on the premise of mutual respect and mutual benefit through a shared vision, shared benefit and shared solutions. It uses three simple principles to underpin the way we engage, build and maintain relationships. The principles are: understand, nurture, and collaborate.