1006.0 - Australian Bureau of Statistics - Forward Work Program , 2017-18  
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Elements of the ABS work program are classified into four components. 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.


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.

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

Foundational capabilitiesEssential institutional statistical and other capabilities required to deliver a quality national statistical service. These capabilities are reviewed and prioritised on an ongoing basis.

Refer to Tables below for the ABS work program classified into four components.



National AccountsQuarterly and annual statistics of Gross Domestic Product and its components
Input Output tables

International AccountsAustralia’s Balance of Payments Estimates
International Investment Statistics
International Merchandise Trade
International Trade in Services Statistics

Business IndicatorsPrivate New Capital Expenditure and Expected Expenditure
Quarterly Business Indicator Surveys
Retail Trade
Consumer Sales
Dwelling and Other Building Approvals
Construction related gross fixed capital formation – Building Activity and Engineering Construction

Industry StatisticsEconomic Activity Survey - core
Water Supply and Sewerage Supply / Use Survey

Financial StatisticsQuarterly Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Managed Funds Survey
Survey of Financial Information

Public FinanceGovernment Finance Statistics

Employer StatisticsSurvey of Average Weekly Earnings
Major Labour Costs (irregular)
Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (biennial)
Survey of Employment and Earnings

Labour StatisticsLabour Force

Census of Population and HousingCensus of Population and Housing

PricesConsumer Price Index
Wage Price Index
Producer Price Indexes
International Trade Price Indexes
Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Costs Index

DemographyEstimated Resident Population
Births and Deaths
Indigenous Mortality
Overseas Arrivals and Departures

Living ConditionsHousehold Expenditure Survey
Survey of Income and Housing

International RelationsCollaborating with international statistical agencies and other organisations e.g. United Nations Security Council, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development



National AccountsAnnual productivity statistics (including annual estimates of multi-factor productivity)
Annual State Accounts

Business IndicatorsMineral and Petroleum Exploration

Industry StatisticsEconomic Activity Survey – rotating (detailed industry data for National Accounts benchmarks)
Business Characteristics Survey (part user funded)
Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE)
Business Demographics program

Financial StatisticsHousing Finance Statistics

Employer StatisticsJob Vacancies Survey

Agriculture StatisticsAgricultural Census (five yearly)
Rural Environment and Agricultural Commodities Survey (annual)
Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced (annual)

Environment StatisticsEnvironment Accounts, including Water Account, Energy Accounts and Land Accounts
Environmental Indicators Surveys (irregular)

Labour StatisticsBarriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation
Characteristics of Employment
Retirement and Retirement Intentions
Work Related Injuries

Census of Population and HousingAustralian Census Longitudinal Dataset
Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset

PricesResidential Property Prices Indexes

Transport and Tourism StatisticsMotor Vehicle Census

DemographyPopulation Projections
Regional Population Growth

Social ConditionsMulti-agency Data Integration Project

Education and TrainingNational Schools Statistics Collection
Survey of Education to Work
Work Related Training and Adult Learning

Health and Disability StatisticsCauses of Death
National Health Survey (part user funded)
National Aboriginal and Torres Islander Health Survey (user funded)
Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (user funded)

Migrant StatisticsCharacteristics of Migrants

Regional StatisticsData by Region (national regional profiles)



International AccountsSurvey of Foreign Currency Exposure (user funded)

Industry StatisticsInternet Activity Survey
Household Use of Information Technology Survey
Research and Experimental Development – Business, Government, Private Non-Profit and Higher Education
Venture Capital and Later Stage Private Equity (user funded)

Financial StatisticsAssets and Liabilities of Australian Securitisers
Lending Finance

Employer StatisticsIndustrial Disputes

Agriculture StatisticsForeign Ownership of Agricultural Businesses, Land and Water Entitlements
Wool Receivals, Purchases and Sales Survey
Livestock, Poultry and Game Slaughtering (part user funded)

Transport and Tourism StatisticsTourism Satellite Account (user funded)
New Motor Vehicles Sales
Survey of Motor Vehicle Use

Crime and Justice StatisticsNational Recorded Crime Victims & Offender Statistics (part user funded)
National Criminal Courts Statistics (part user funded)
National Corrective Services Statistics (part user funded)
Crime Victimisation Survey

Culture and Recreation StatisticsCultural Participation and Attendance (user funded)

Demography Marriages and Divorces

Education and TrainingChildhood Education and Care Survey
National Early Childhood Education and Care (user funded)

Health and Disability StatisticsPatient Experience Survey
Private Health Establishments (part user funded)

Regional StatisticsRegional Economic Data

Social ConditionsLongitudinal Survey of Australian Children (user funded)
Personal Safety Survey (user funded)
General Social Survey

International RelationsIndonesia Government Partnership Project (funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Statistical development work in the Pacific, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste (funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

MethodologyAnalytical methods for emerging data sources
Research and development to compile and analyse statistics



Register and FrameworksAddress Register
Business Register and Tax Data program
Data standards and methods
Geospatial standards and methods

MethodologyStatistical methods
Statistical quality assurance
Statistical risk management

TransformationData integration
Engagement strategy
Microdata futures (enhanced microdata access)
Partnership projects
Statistical Business Transformation Program
Statistical services to the state and territory governments (partly user funded by state and territory governments)
Statistical Spatial Framework
Workforce strategy

Enabling ServicesCommunications
Customised data delivery
Data acquisition
Dissemination and publishing
Human resources
IT infrastructure
Microdata delivery
Provider management
Survey management