1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2018-19  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2018   
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  • Achieve new statistical insights through data integration and/or modelling techniques and be accessible to users
  • Reduce respondent burden through greater use of administrative and/or integrated data
  • Ensure our key stakeholders have confidence in their partnerships with the ABS
  • Continue investigating new data sources and developing our statistical techniques to make best use of government and other data options.


  • Investing in new analytical and statistical staff expertise, alongside complementary professional skills across the ABS
  • Improving our data integration capability and capacity to ensure the effective and safe use of existing data resources for statistical and research purposes
  • Taking a customer-centric approach and focusing on improving our engagement capability and embedding relationship management as a core part of the ABS business
  • Being aware of the community’s expectations and enhancing our capability in identifying and managing privacy issues and data protection.

(See Our Capability)


In 2018–19

  • Undertake data integration activities as a primary integrating authority for the Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA)
  • Improve the quality and range of environmental information to inform policy through the Development of the Location Integration Capability (Loc-I) in partnership with other Australian Government agencies
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to the newly established National Data Commissioner to support the reform of the national data system
  • Further develop work to scope the feasibility of producing a monthly CPI
  • Develop new administrative and big data solutions, including estimation methods for combining big data and administrative data with survey data and harnessing DairyBase data
  • Enhance and extend web-scraping methods for Prices, including quality assessment methods
  • Utilise graph-based methods to develop solutions by using and combining complex data
  • Work with Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resources Economics and Sciences (ABARES) to develop a confidentialised analytic dataset using 20 years of ABS agricultural data to explore changing patterns of agricultural production
  • Support the work of COAG’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children by developing the family and domestic violence statistical evidence base for people coming into contact with the justice sector.

2019–20 to 2021–22

  • Continue to develop the utility of integrated data assets with our key partners and ensure safe and secure access to integrated data assets for statistical and research purposes
  • Improve the transparency of data integration activity
  • Employ greater use of data integration approaches to supplement ABS surveys and reduce direct collection of information where appropriate
  • Develop new solutions using Artificial Intelligence
  • Apply new administrative and big data solutions to other ABS datasets
  • Continue to measure statistical impacts of new, or changes to, data collection methods
  • Collaborate with Deakin University, ABARES and industry Research and Development Corporations on design of a future Agriculture statistics system.


  • The ABS collaborates with stakeholders to use administrative data and data integration to meet policy and research needs.

(See Our Performance Criteria and Measures in Detail)