1007.0 - Informing Decisions - Australian Bureau of Statistics Service Delivery Charter 2008-2011, 2008  
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Informing decisions - Australian Bureau of Statistics
Service Delivery Charter 2008-2011

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The ABS provides statistics on a wide range of economic, industry, environment and energy, people and regional matters, covering government, business and the community in general. We also have an important leadership and coordination function with respect to the statistical activities of other official bodies, both in Australia and overseas.

ABS' statistical priorities are determined through our key advisory body, the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC). ASAC provides guidance on the directions and priorities of the ABS work program to the Minister and ABS. The ABS also consults extensively on statistical priorities with key users of statistics. Consultation takes place through ABS-organised user groups, covering needs for data on new or emerging topics and modifications to existing collections. While we recognise that it is impossible to satisfy all user demands, we seek to react positively and responsibly to the demonstrated needs of users, at the same time remaining conscious of the constraints on public spending and on the workload placed on the individuals and organisations providing information for our collections.