1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2018-19  
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  • Provide the highest priority and quality information on the economy, population, society and environment to inform government policy and service delivery decisions, business and community decisions, public policy debate and democratic processes
  • Deliver a contemporary and relevant statistical program that takes into account the changing economy and society, new technological opportunities, new data sources, new statistical techniques and methodologies, and best practice international experience
  • Maintain quality statistical infrastructure including international statistical standards and classifications, and geo-coding and spatial frameworks
  • Foster close collaboration with partners in the development of our statistical program
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with data users and providers
  • Maintain the trust of the Australian community in the official statistics we produce.


  • Investing in our statistical expertise and drawing in domestic and international expertise as required
  • Building internal collaboration and external partnerships as the means by which we are able to deliver quality, relevant and trusted statistics
  • Focusing on building the future-focused statistical capability of our people and investing in leadership and management development to ensure our staff have the skills they need and are deployed and led well
  • Enhancing our statistical risk management capability at a program level
  • Improving our communication and marketing capability to ensure our customers are informed by our statistics, information and insights.

(See Our Capability)


In 2018–19

  • Maintain the delivery of quality main economic indicators, notably the national accounts and partial economic indicators, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the labour force survey
  • Maintain the delivery of quality Estimated Resident Population (ERP) and other demography estimates that influence financial payments to states and electorate boundaries
  • Continue the development of enhanced labour market information, including through the production of quarterly and annual labour accounts, and through our strategy to sustain a high quality labour force survey in the face of high stakeholder demand, rising costs and difficulty in sustaining high response rates
  • Continue to develop the capacity to measure the non-market services sector (health and education) and enhanced capacity to measure productivity
  • Continue enhancement to the CPI through the adoption of new techniques and methodologies, and maximising the use of transactions and web scraped data
  • Deliver a significant household survey program, including the conduct of the National Torres Strait Islander Health Survey; the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers; the Longitudinal Study of Australia’s Children; and the publication of the 2017–18 National Health Survey and 2017–18 Survey of Income and Housing results
  • Implement a significant overhaul of finance statistical information provided by the financial sector, in collaboration with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Develop new environmental and satellite accounts in collaboration with stakeholders including land and waste accounts, and a transport satellite account
  • Inform Government decisions on the content of the 2021 Census based on the public consultation process.

2019–20 to 2021–22

  • Successfully transition (without impacting the quality of our statistics) the majority of the statistical programs to the new statistical infrastructure developed as part of the Government’s investment in modernising the ABS statistical systems and business processes
  • Publish new information (e.g. transport satellite accounts) and more timely quarterly labour accounts
  • Deliver a significant household survey program including the General Social Survey, the Survey of Income and Housing and the 2020 Personal Safety Survey
  • Publish new measures of the contribution of the health sector to the economy
  • Further prepare for the 2021 Census
  • Continue delivery of high quality official statistics including national accounts, CPI, labour force and ERP.


  • Decision making by governments, business and the community is informed by high quality statistics.

(See Our Performance Criteria and Measures)