1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2020-21  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2020   
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Strategic Directions

The Government’s Statement of Expectations for the ABS requires the ABS to carry out its functions in a way that ensures it maintains its reputation as a world class statistical agency, and supports and promotes the efficient and effective delivery of official statistics and statistical services for Australia.

The ABS’ Strategic Directions provide guidance to staff and stakeholders on the highest priority areas of endeavor for the ABS. They are shaped by the external environment and consultation with ABS partners and stakeholders.

1. Continue to invest in the production of high-quality data and statistics

The ABS will continue to invest in its people and use contemporary statistical methods, processes and technology to deliver high-quality data and statistics. The ABS will also continue to review its products and services and consult with stakeholders to ensure its data and statistics meet the needs of the Australian community.

2. Be recognised as a leader in the Australian data landscape

To increase public benefit from data, the ABS will lead government on best-practice methods for data collection; use; management; and protection.

3. Demonstrate leadership in data skills and capability building across Australia.

In response to existing gaps and a growing demand for people with data analysis and statistical skills, the ABS will be an important part of Australia’s data analysis capability.

4. Deliver new data solutions and services

The ABS will continue to innovate and deliver new data solutions and services to provide fresh insights and help solve complex policy problems. It will do this by making better use of the data it collects, improving access to its data and statistics, and working in partnership with others.