1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2018-19  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2018   
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The ABS Corporate Plan is the primary planning document in the organisation.

It provides direction for managers and staff with responsibilities for developing subordinate planning instruments and/or taking actions to progress the work of the ABS. It also serves to communicate to the Australian Parliament, our stakeholders, and the wider community, our intentions for the application of public resources in the coming year and beyond.

The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (the PGPA Act) requires the ABS to publish a corporate plan each year. Under the PGPA Act the ABS must include information on the purpose of the ABS, the broader environment within which the ABS works, the planned performance of the ABS, the capability of the ABS, including the plans and strategies it will implement to achieve its purpose and the ABS risk oversight and management systems.

The Corporate Planning Framework (Appendix A) illustrates the relationship between the Corporate Plan and other internal documents.


This Corporate Plan sets out what our purpose is, what we will do to achieve our purpose, and how we will know that we have achieved our purpose. The Corporate Plan is driven by the following three Strategic Priorities:

  1. Providing high quality statistics
  2. Transforming the ABS for the future
  3. Delivering new statistical solutions to maximise the value of public data.
The chart below illustrates the relationship between the Strategic Priorities and the organisational transformational agenda in driving the objectives and activities of the Plan. These in turn align with relevant elements of the operational context environment, capability and risk – and with the performance framework.

Diagram: ABS Corporate Plan Structure