1006.0 - Forward Work Program, 2015-16 to 2018-19  
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The Statistical Business Transformation program is responsible for designing and developing the next generation of statistical business processes and supporting information infrastructure to provide a platform to reduce costs and burden on providers, bring together various datasets to develop new statistical products more rapidly, and make data available in a form which can be more easily used.

Program delivery design evolved from the application of an industry standard approach to re-engineering end-to-end business processes. This has produced five high level program components/streams supported by a dedicated program management function. The imperative to complete the program within five years requires some components to be delivered in parallel, which will require significant effort to prioritise activities effectively based on the sequencing of dependent projects.


The main components of the program are set out below.

Foundational Infrastructure

This will lay the platform for ABS business processes to be metadata driven from end-to-end, within a common data management framework. The application of standards based statistical information, in conjunction with the re-engineering of business processes, will greatly increase re-use and automation of end-to-end statistical processes to reduce the number of labour intensive manual tasks resulting from incompatibilities between systems and processes.

Re-engineering Design Phase

This phase focuses on gathering requirements and designing updated systems to: accommodate collection input from multiple sources, unit and aggregate capture, simple through to complex processing and analysis, flexible dissemination formats and tools; and enable end-to-end information management, standardised processes, corporate systems and applications.

Enterprise Wide Services (Capability Development Projects)

While the current program plan requires some key development work to commence almost immediately, most resources required to deliver infrastructure, applications and integration activities will be in years two and three of the program. The capability projects include, for example, enterprise wide: statistical data linking capability; data compilation capability; and data analysis capability.

Configuration and On-boarding

Two phases will be undertaken for this component of the program. The first phase is implementation planning, which is essential to ensure there is thorough and detailed planning of the roll out of Statistical Business Transformation program outputs with minimal disruption to business as usual activities and a successful transition to the new platform.

The second phase will transition people, processes, systems and data to the new information managed environment, supported by rigorous risk management strategies.

Program Management

This component will be supported by the Program Delivery Office which will provide centralised and coordinated program and project management support to ensure the successful delivery of the program.


There are various development activities with overlapping timeframes, to be delivered up to 30 June 2020, including to:

  • achieve benefits from transformation of household and business collection through improvements to the usability, functionality and editing capabilities of online forms
  • further expand online reporting capability for business collections
  • optimise the Monthly Population Survey online form and implement online reporting capability for other household surveys
  • implement a new ABS data acquisition business model to harmonise business and household data collection and respondent interactions
  • establish requirements for enterprise capabilities to meet data acquisition functions
  • update dissemination infrastructure and systems to meet the needs of users in a rapidly changing digital environment, including facilitating re-use of ABS data by external clients and third party portals, while ensuring visibility of the ABS brand
  • progressively implement Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 compliance and engage in APS networks on accessibility
  • expand the range of ABS data available for customers to use through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) - an open data approach for sharing content and data between communities and applications
  • develop and implement a Metadata Registry and Repository to provide end-to-end management, registration, storage and re-use of ABS metadata
  • develop and implement an Enterprise Data Management Environment to provide life cycle management of statistical data
  • develop and implement a statistical workflow management system to facilitate the design, creation and orchestration of statistical processes
  • develop and implement a Statistician’s Workbench, which will allow staff to access the core infrastructure for the management of data and metadata.


Gillian Nicoll (A/g)
Statistical Business Transformation Program


Adrian Bugg
Acquire Branch

Bill Allen
Process & Analyse Branch

Michael Beahan
Disseminate Branch

Michael Meagher (A/g)
Foundational Infrastructure Branch

Tim Montgomery (A/g)
Statistical Business Transformation Program Delivery Office


Program costs

Capital budgets are not reported.