1006.0 - Forward Work Program, 2016-17  
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Elements of the ABS work program are classified by the following four tiers. These are used to assist with prioritisation undertaken by the ABS. This work was informed by the development of the list of Essential Statistical Assets for Australia (cat. no. 1395.0), in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.


CORETier 0Essential institutional statistical capability and infrastructure required to deliver a quality national statistical service and remain relevant and sustainable as Australia’s national statistical organisation. This includes systems and processes , methods , people capability, registers and frames and standards , classifications and conceptual frameworks, data integration, dissemination and technology capabilities .

Tier 1Statistics that are considered to be the foundation work of a national statistical organisation.

Tier 2Important areas of statistics where there is a significant government outlay or where there is a significant public policy interest .

OTHERTier 3Other important statistical work that is currently undertaken to meet identified user requirements that could be deemed as falling beyond tiers 1 and 2.



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics2Other important statistical work that is currently undertaken to meet identified user requirements that could be deemed as falling beyond tiers 1 and 2

Agriculture Statistics2Agricultural Census ( partly user funded by Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Egg Corporation)
Rural Environment and Agriculture Commodities Survey
3Foreign ownership of agricultural businesses, land and water entitlements
Wool Receivals, Purchases and Sales Survey
Measures of livestock slaughter ( partly user funded by Meat and
Livestock Australia and Australian Pork Limited )
Land management practices (e.g. cropping, soil management) (user funded by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)

Business Indicators (footnote 1)1Business activity collected via three surveys: Private New Capital Expenditure and Expected Expenditure, Quarterly Business Indicator Surveys and Retail Trade.
Business Characteristics Survey Dwelling and other building approvals Construction related gross fixed capital formation
2Mineral and petroleum exploration
Business demographics program

Census of Population and Housing1Census of Population and Housing
2Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset

Crime and Justice Statistics2Crime and justice statistics and research ( partly user funded by Department of Social Services)
3National corrective services statistics

National recorded crime offender statistics

National recorded crime victim statistics

National statistics on federal defendants, sentence quantums, federal offenders and corrective services

(All are user funded by various jurisdictional agencies related to Police, Courts and Correctional facilities and the Attorney-Generals Department)

Culture and Recreation Statistics3Frequency of visits and characteristics of people who attend a range of cultural venues and events (user funded by Ministry for the Arts)

Demography1Estimated Resident Population
Births and Deaths
Overseas Arrivals and Departures
Migration and Australian Historical Population statistics
2Population projections
Regional population growth

Education and Training Statistics2National Schools Statistics Collection Qualifications and Employment Outcomes
Survey of Education and Work
Work Related Training and Adult Learning Survey
3Childhood Education and Care Survey
Annual National Early Childhood Education and Care (user funded by Department of Education)
International Assessment of Adult Competencies (currently not funded but previously funded by Department of Education)

Environment Statistics2Environmental accounts, including Water Account, energy accounts and land accounts ( partly user funded by Department of Industry, Innovation and Science)
3Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (a program of the World Bank, funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Employment in Renewable Energy Activities (funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency)
Assistance to Department of the Environment for 2016 State of the Environment Report ( partly user funded by Department of the Environment)

Financial Statistics1Data collected from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Managed Funds Sur vey1
2Housing Finance Statistics
3Quarterly information on the assets and liabilities of securitisers
Lending finance (commercial, personal and lease finance commitments

Geospatial Solutions1Capability to support geospatial functions associated with the Census of Population and Housing
3Capability for production of the Land Account for the Environment program
Provide solutions to dissemination methods (Google Earth and geographic grids)
New geospatial techniques and data sources to support Carbon Farming Initiative (user funded by Department of Agriculture)

Health and Disability
2Statistics relating to causes of death
Health and disability statistics including : National Health Survey ( partly user funded by Department of Health) and National Aboriginal and Torres Islander Health Survey (funded by Department of Health and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet)
Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (user funded by jurisdictions, Department of Social Services and Department of Health)
HealthCare Pathways (user funded by National Health Performance Authority)
3Information for the analysis of family formation and structure
Patient Experience Survey
Private Health Establishments Collection ( partly user funded by Department of Health)

Industry and Labour Demand Statistics1Economic Activity Survey (footnote 1)
Survey of Average Weekly Earnings
Major Labour Costs (footnote 1)
Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours
Survey of Employment and Earnings
Water Supply and Sewerage Supply / Use Survey
2Job Vacancies Survey
3Industrial disputes
Survey of Tourist Accommodation (user funded by Austrade)
Tourism satellite account (user funded by Austrade)

Innovation and Technology Statistics2Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (user funded by Department of Industry, Innovation and Science).

3Household Use of Information Technology collection
Internet Activity Survey
Measures of research and development undertaken by businesses, governments, higher education institutions and private not-for-profit organisations
Venture Capital and Later Stage Private Equity activity (user funded by Department of Industry, Innovation and Science)

International Accounts (footnote 1)1Australia’s balance of payments estimates
International investment statistics
International merchandise trade
International trade in services statistics

3Survey of Foreign Currency (user funded by Reserve Bank of Australia)
Labour Supply Statistics1Labour Force Australia Survey

2Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation
Characteristics of Employment Participation, Job Search and Mobility
Retirement and Retirement Intentions
Work Related Injuries

Living Conditions Statistics (footnote 1)1Household Expenditure Survey
Survey of Income and Housing

Migrant Statistics2Characteristics of migrants, migrant economic outcomes and migrant settlement outcomes ( partly user funded by Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Department of Social Services)

National Accounts1Quarterly and annual statistics of Gross Domestic Product and its components
Input-output tables
2Annual productivity statistics including annual estimates of multi factor productivity statistics
Annual state accounts

Prices1Consumer Price Index
Wage Price Index
Producer Price Indexes
International Trade Price Indexes
Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Costs Index
2Residential Property Prices Indexes
Estimates of the Total Value of the Dwelling Stock

Public Finance1Government Finance Statistics (footnote 1)

Regional Statistics2Data by Region (national regional profiles)
3Regional economic data

Social Conditions Statistics2Multi-Agency Data Integration Project
3Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children
Personal Safety Survey
General Social Survey
(All partly user funded by Australian and state and territory governments)

Transport Statistics2Motor Vehicle Census
3New Motor Vehicles Sales
Freight Performance Measurement Project (unfunded )
Survey of Motor Vehicle Use

1 Used to compile the National Accounts



Enabling Services0Communications
Customised data delivery
Data acquisition
Dissemination and publishing
Human re sources
IT infrastructure Microdata delivery
Program management Provider management Security
Survey management

International Relations1Liaise with international statistical agencies and organisations
Reporting to the United Nations Statistical Commission
Engagement with other leading international organisations
3Indonesia Government Partnership Project
Statistical development work in the Pacific , Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste
( All funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade )

Methodology0Statistical methods
Statistical quality assurance
Statistical risk management
3Analytical methods for emerging data sources
Research and development to compile and analyse statistics

Register and Frameworks0Address Register
Business Register and Tax Data program
Data standards and methods
Geospatial standards and methods
Statistical Clearing House

Transformation0Data integration
Engagement strategy
Microdata futures ( enhanced microdata access) Partnership project s
Statistical Business Transformation Program
Statistical services to the state and territory governments ( partly user funded by state and territory governments )
Statistical Spatial Framework
Work force strategy