1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2017-18  
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Strategic PriorityProviding high quality official statistics

  • Develop a Statistical Forward Work Program with input from key stakeholders.
  • Engage with strategic advisory groups, such as the Australian Statistics Advisory Council, Population and Social Statistics Advisory Group, the Economic Statistics Advisory Group, and other key stakeholders.
  • Engage with technical reference groups to develop our work program in specific areas.
  • Manage the delivery of the work program using a risk management framework.

Key goals for 2017-18Our key goals for 2017-18 are to:
  • deliver the agreed ABS Statistical Forward Work Program in accordance with the ABS Data Quality Framework and the ABS release schedule
  • collect statistical information, as directed by the Minister
  • deliver key economic and social indicators to support policy formation, macro-economic decision making, and outcome reporting (e.g. education outcomes)
  • improve the relevance of statistical outputs by driving innovative solutions, ensuring compliance with standards and improving coverage and coherence (e.g. Labour Accounts)
  • work collaboratively with stakeholders to improve analytical capability and capacity, and take advantage of data development opportunities (e.g. Consumer Price Index)
  • build and maintain strong relationships with data providers in business and households
  • transition to use new statistical tools and approaches and create new opportunities for statistical output
  • support international statistical development
  • remake the Statistics Determination that governs the release of certain statistical information.

Key goals over the
next four years
Our key goals from 2017-18 onwards are to:
  • develop a more coordinated business, household and population survey program
  • transition existing business and household surveys to the new ABS statistical infrastructure, processes, and tools
  • implement innovative approaches to maintain and enhance the existing suite of economic statistics
  • drive the use of data integration approaches to supplement surveys and administrative data collections.

Planned performance
  • Decision making by governments, business and the community is informed by high quality ABS statistical information.
  • ABS statistics are widely used.


Strategic PriorityTransforming the ABS for the future

  • the ABS Workforce Strategy.
  • the ABS Communication Strategy.
  • the ABS Engagement Strategy.
  • the Internal Communication Strategy for ABS Transformation.
  • the Statistical Business Transformation Program.

Key goals for 2017-18Our key goals for 2017-18 are to:
  • implement the ABS Relationship Management Plan, People and Culture Action Plan 2017-18, Internal Communication Strategy for ABS Transformation 2017-18, and ABS Communication Strategy
  • improve our workplace flexibility and productivity
  • update our risk management and privacy frameworks, policies, and processes
  • complete the development of key statistical infrastructure to enable the ABS to better manage data, metadata and workflows across all aspects of a statistical cycle
  • deliver re-engineered data collection capabilities, with an emphasis on enhanced online data collection capabilities
  • improve data dissemination capabilities, including machine-to-machine access to ABS data
  • deliver automated data processing capabilities and enhanced data analysis capabilities
  • prepare to on-board the first statistical programs to the new ABS statistical infrastructure, such as the Economic Activity Survey.

Key goals over the
next four years
Our key goals from 2017-18 onwards are to:
  • improve key partnerships, based on research and feedback
  • build public trust and social licence, and raise awareness and use of ABS statistical information
  • reshape our workforce capability (including leadership), build a high performing culture, improve our diversity, and develop a new workplace health and safety and rehabilitation strategy
  • deliver the Statistical Business Transformation Program to reduce the cost of our operations, reduce the risks to our statistical activities and reduce the impact of ABS data collection activities on the public.

Planned performance
  • the ABS builds the capability of staff, driving cultural change and improving performance.
  • the ABS Statistical Business Transformation Program milestones continue to be implemented according to agreed timeframes.


Strategic PriorityDelivering new statistical solutions to maximise the value of public data

  • Building public awareness, trust and support about the use of data, through increased stakeholder engagement on the value and security of data integration.
  • Leading technical support for Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) to provide integrated data assets and support access to data by Analytic Hubs.
  • Delivering new statistical insights using integrated data and/or modelling techniques.
  • Improving ABS efficiency and reducing respondent burden through greater use of administrative data and/or integrated data.

Key goals for 2017-18Our key goals for 2017-18 are to:
  • continue to work with partners to make better use of existing public data for policy analysis, research, and statistical purposes through the DIPA by:
    - delivering high priority data assets for DIPA and providing appropriate access to analysts.

    - expanding the utility of existing key integrated data assets to provide new public policy insights from the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project, Business Longitudinal Analytical Database Environment, and Linked Employer-Employee Database data assets

    - continuing to ensure safe and secure access to integrated data assets for statistical and research purposes across government and the research community.

  • maximise the value of 2016 Census data, by releasing the:
    - Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset updated with 2016 Census data

    - updated Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset.

Key goals over the
next four years
Our key goals from 2017-18 onwards are to:
  • contribute to whole-of-government initiatives aimed at improving and safely using public data
  • continue to co-design statistical solutions which provide new statistical insights
  • improve quality and/or efficiency of ABS data collection methodologies
  • reduce direct collection of information through enhanced use of administrative data.

Planned performance
  • The ABS creates new statistical solutions, in collaboration with stakeholders, to deliver the information needed for research, policy, planning and targeting of government services, and evaluation.