1504.0 - Methodological News, Sep 2008  
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NatStats08 Conference

The inaugural NatStats08 Conference will be held at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne on the 19-21 November 2008. The Conference will focus on the measurement issues surrounding key government policy areas.

NatStats08 is a key event for the National Statistical Service which is being led by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as part of its mission to increase the use and understanding of statistical information. The ABS recognises that it is just one of many providers of statistics to the Australian community; through the National Statistical Service it aims to provide a unified source of statistical information that can be used to inform debate, policy making and evaluation.

The NatStats08 conference will cover the following themes: Informing the Nation, Measuring the Progress of Society and Environmental Information for Informed Decisions.

NatStats08 is the first national conference to bring together an array of high profile researchers and policy makers from all levels of business, academia, government and the community to discuss strategies for improving future statistics for the nation.

Speakers include: Mr Enrico Giovannini- Chief Statistician of the OECD; Dr Ken Henry AC- Secretary to the Treasury; Mr Greg Bourne- CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, Australia; Tim Costello- CEO World Vision Australia; and Professor Fiona Stanely- Director, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

For a full list of confirmed speakers, program information and to registers online visit http://www.nss.gov.au/natstats. The early bird registration for the conference ends on 26th September.