Coordination and governance
Defining roles for NASIS stakeholders across the phases of the statistical cycle for the agricultural sector has potential to increase collaboration between stakeholders and minimise duplication in the system. At the conclusion of the NASR, a framework for the ongoing assessment, coordination and governance of information needs into the future will be recommended.
If all stakeholders in the NASIS had exactly the same information needs, a framework for the coordination and governance of the NASIS would be simple. The first phase of the NASR has identified that different stakeholders have different needs, particularly between government and industry bodies. Therefore, a coordination and governance framework is required that considers how to assess the priority of common information needs as well as the priority of uncommon information needs.
There are clear roles for government agencies and industry bodies to play in the NASIS. However, the practicalities of these roles need to be discussed as part of the second phase of NASR consultation.
The NASR’s consultation process has shown that the core agricultural statistical assets of the NASIS are currently produced by the ABS and ABARES, additionally the States/Territories and industry are large producers of statistical assets.
An improved understanding of stakeholders in the NASIS, including the role of government agencies in collecting and producing official statistics, is required. Government agencies produce official statistics which are used to inform decision making and they may also use non-official statistics (from non-government organisations, such as industry bodies) to inform decision making processes. The extent to which government produces official statistics is determined by priority information needs for public decision making and available resources. Beyond this, non-government organisations may need to produce statistics that are of priority for informing private decision making.
From an industry perspective, the NASR’s consultation process has shown that industry produce a number of industry specific statistical assets that are primarily used by industry rather than by other organisations. Consideration of how industry can meet their information needs, particularly those emerging industry information needs, in a sustainable way in the future should be explored as part of the next phase of the NASR’s consultation.