As the accountable authority for the ABS, the Australian Statistician has a duty to establish and maintain systems relating to risk and control under Section 16 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
The ABS’s key risks relate to the quality, timeliness and usability of our statistics. A more rigorous and pragmatic framework has been developed to manage statistical risks and this will continue to be refined in 2017-18. Risks associated with the Statistical Business Transformation Program are also being actively managed and this will continue over the life of the program.
Managing secrecy and privacy risks will continue to be a priority for the ABS in 2017-18. This is vital to maintaining trust and fundamental to the ability of the ABS to collect high quality information. With the introduction of new privacy requirements for Australian Public Service entities, the ABS will be updating its processes in 2017-18. This, along with independent Privacy Impact Assessments, will support the ABS in effectively managing privacy risks.
The ABS is also actively engaging across Government in managing risk. This includes working closely with the Digital Transformation Agency on high risk information and communications technology projects and national security agencies on cyber security risks.
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