1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Aug 2003  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/11/2003   
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USERVIEW: The National Office for the Information Economy

On 26 June, 2003 Joseph Di Gregorio, Manager, Statistical Analysis & Benchmarking for The National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE), addressed the ABS WA Office on how he used ABS data to assist him in his work.

NOIE was established in September 1997 and currently has responsibility for the development and coordination of advice to the Commonwealth on Information Economy Issues including:

  • the impact of information and communications technology (ICT), including issues relating to technology and industry convergence
  • the regulatory and physical infrastructure needed for on-line services including e-commerce
  • the application of new technology to government administration, information and service provision
  • assistance to business and government agencies to deliver services on-line
  • consistency of the government’s position relating to information economy issues in relevant international fora
  • NOIE is responsible for the promotion, domestically and internationally, of the benefits of, and Australia’s position in, the Information Economy.

NOIE’s ability to provide informed advice to government on Information Economy issues depends to a large extent on the quality and scope of data supporting research at its disposal. However, the currency of many Information Economy issues means that much of the data and supporting research has not been available. NOIE has had to be very proactive in influencing the work of agencies such as the ABS and undertaking and commissioning research itself.
NOIE also recognises the position of the ABS as Australia’s official statistical organisation, including the critical role it plays in supporting informed decision making, and continues to work with the ABS in the ongoing development of an ICT statistical framework.