1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2019-20  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/08/2019   
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We have a Workforce Strategy aimed at: increasing the capacity and capability of the ABS; identifying, monitoring and predicting where specialist and general skills and knowledge are required; supporting innovative ways of working to achieve high performance and efficiency; and improving the ABS’ position as an ‘employer of choice’.

As we embed and operationalise the Strategy, we will further professionalise our workforce, with an increased emphasis on communities of practice, leveraging internal and external experts, and targeted, specialist and graduate recruitment. High demand capabilities include: statistical, data science, data integration, program and project management (including ‘agile’ methodology), and stakeholder engagement.


We are enhancing our ability to leverage big data sources and use artificial intelligence methodologies. We are building our methodological capability to introduce new advanced methods to represent, store, manipulate, integrate, and analyse large datasets. We are continuing to collaborate internationally to ensure that our methods are better practice.

Systems and processes

Our business processes and ICT are being re-engineered in order to maintain high quality statistics, provide a platform for innovation, and deliver greater efficiencies. This work is supported by the use of a robust enterprise architecture.

Standards and frameworks

We maintain our expertise in domestic and international standards, classifications and frameworks to ensure that consistent, reliable and high quality statistics, data and insights are produced.

Other resources

The ABS has enabled activity-based working across all offices to ensure teams can work virtually, as well as equipping staff to work flexibly to balance their responsibilities both at work and outside of work.