1005.0 - ABS Corporate Plan, 2021-22  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/08/2021   
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Performance information

Objective 1: Produce high-quality statistics

1.1 Trust in ABS statistics—level of trust in the ABS and its statistics

MethodTargetsYears measured

Community Trust in ABS Statistics Survey (CTASS)At least 85% level of trust in ABS and ABS statistics2024-25
Number of statistics released free of significant errors1100% of statistics are released free of significant errors2021–22 to 2024–25

1.2 International compliance—ABS statistics meet standards for National and International Accounts, Labour Force, Unemployment, Consumer Price Index, and Estimates of Resident Population

MethodTargetYears measured

Compliance with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS)2IMF assess ABS to be 100% compliant with SDDS for in-scope collections2021–22 to 2024–25

1.3 Conduct the Census3—implementation of the Census to deliver trusted data

MethodTargetsYears measured

Response rate to the 2021 Census95% response rate2021–22
Independent survey of user sentiment toward the 2021 Census80% of the community support the Census2021–22
Validation of the quality of 2021 Census data by the Independent Assurance Panel2021 Census data is of a comparable quality to previous Censuses2021–22
Release of the first statistics from the 2021 Census within 12 months of Census nightFirst release of Census data occurs before 10 August 20222022–23
Complete public consultation on 2026 Census topicsPublish 2026 Census Topic Directions2023–24
Finalise 2026 Census topicsRegulations are updated to define Census topics2024–25

Objective 2: Generate timely new insights

2.1 Stakeholder needs are met—new statistics or insights are used to inform priority policy or decisions

MethodCase studiesYear measured4

Case studies showing how new statistics or insights are used by clients1. Use of Single Touch Payroll data from the Australian Taxation Office to create new insights to inform and evaluate government policy e.g. Treasury real-time labour market tracker, Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages, business turnover indicator. 2021–22
2. Insights into the employment outcomes of women in STEM: longitudinal analysis using MADIP.

Objective 3: Improve access to ABS statistics

3.1 Access to ABS data and statistics—access to data products and services

MethodTargets5Years measured

Composite index of channel access:1022021–22
  • Calls to API service
  • Number of DataLab sessions
  • Invoices for customised data services
  • Count of ABS website sessions
  • Registered users of TableBuilder

Objective 4: Strengthen data capability across the APS

4.1 Senior Executive Service (SES) data capability—completion of data leadership training

MethodTargetsYears measured

Number of APS SES officers who complete data leadership trainingTwo pilot courses are delivered with a total of 40 attendees2021–22
Four courses are delivered with a total of 80 attendees2022–23 to 2024–25

Objective 5: Reduce burden on data providers

5.1 Burden on survey respondents—time taken to complete business surveys

MethodTargets7Years measured

Total time taken for survey respondents to complete business surveys0 percentage point decrease on benchmark2021–22
6.5 percentage point decrease on benchmark2022–23
13 percentage point decrease on benchmark2023–24
20 percentage point decrease on benchmark2024–25

5.2 Efficiency of statistical operations—improve efficiency with which data is collected

MethodCase studiesYear measured8

Case studies showing efficiencies made in collecting data for statistical purposes1. Reducing the size of the Agricultural Census form to reduce burden on providers.2021–22
2. Use of the Big Data, Timely Insights initiative to replace the Monthly Retail Survey.

1 An error is significant if it could mislead a user as to the value of a statistical indicator of national or state importance.

2 https://dsbb.imf.org/sdds

3 Each Census is implemented over a five-year period and as such, targets for this measure change each year to reflect the major phases of Census. Targets relevant to the years covered by this Plan are included here.

4 Case study topics listed for this measure are reported against for only the first year covered by this Plan i.e. 2021–22. Each year, new case studies are selected for reporting against this measure.

5 Based on a benchmark value in 2020–21 of 100.

6 The significant increase over 2021–22 reflects the likelihood of high levels of interest in 2021 Census releases.

7 Based on a benchmark value of 338,964 hours from 2020–21.

8 Case study topics listed for this measure are reported against for only the first year covered by this Plan i.e. 2021–22. Each year, new case studies are selected for reporting against this measure.