1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2018-19  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2018   
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  • Continue focus on the six transformation goals set in 2015
  • Employ new and enhanced statistical capabilities to support ABS Transformation, enable growth and reduce statistical risk by providing reliable business processes used consistently across the range of ABS statistical activities
  • Enhance workforce capability (including leadership) through effective attraction and retention of core expertise, a high performing culture, improved diversity and a safe and healthy workplace
  • Ensure security and accessibility of ABS data
  • Achieve more efficient and less intrusive data capture
  • Achieve more effective but still safe access to data
  • Continue enhancement of enterprise risk management maturity.


  • Investing in infrastructure to enhance our ability to deliver statistical solutions, enabling us to exploit new opportunities and better meet the evolving needs of users
  • Implementing a five year strategic workforce plan to align our staff profile, operational arrangements, capabilities and culture to support a responsive work program and a transformed ABS
  • Improving our technology to secure ABS data from inappropriate access
  • Effectively using governance, accountability and organisation structure developments to manage the ABS
  • Building partnership skills and using collaboration opportunities to ensure the ABS is a responsive partner to stakeholders, delivering quality statistical services and processes, and relevant agencies assist ABS when required.

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In 2018–19

  • Complete the delivery of new and enhanced statistical capabilities and improved and standardised business processes through the Statistical Business Transformation Program
  • Commence using new statistical capabilities
  • Elevate the level of stakeholder engagement through the ABS Stakeholder Engagement Plan
  • Increase use of online data collection to improve survey response rates
  • Refine our internal governance and accountability framework
  • Implement a new ABS job design framework to support new statistical production model
  • Action ABS: Our Culture (2018–2021). See Appendix C.

2019–20 to 2021–22
  • Deliver enhanced data dissemination capabilities
  • Complete the migration to new business capabilities for the majority of statistical activities
  • Apply ‘User Centred Design’ approach to the development of statistical collections (including Census)
  • Establish a new approach to governing and maintaining our new statistical production systems and infrastructure to ensure planned benefits are realised
  • Continue to increase our workforce capability, including our leadership, further enhancing our high performing culture.


  • The Transformation Program is effectively implemented, to deliver contemporary systems that will better meet ABS’ future needs
  • Transform the workforce to drive improved performance.

(See Our Performance Criteria and Measures in Detail)