1001.0 - Annual Report - ABS Annual Report, 2004-05  
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Role of the ABS



The ABS Outcome, as set out in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2004–05, is as follows:

Informed decision making, research and discussion within governments and the community based on the provision of a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service.

This outcome is consistent with the ABS Mission as described in the ABS Corporate Plan.


Within the context of the Portfolio Budget Statements, Output Group 1.1 — Australian Bureau of Statistics — national statistical service, produces and disseminates statistics in two key areas to meet the above outcome; namely:

Output 1.1.1 — Economic Statistics

Output 1.1.2 — Population and Social Statistics.

Economic statistics are produced predominantly from the ABS business survey program conducted by the Economic Statistics Group, while population and social statistics are produced mainly through the ABS household survey program within the Population Statistics Group.

The ABS statistical programs are supported by service areas which deliver assistance and advice on statistical methods, data and metadata management, information technology, client management, dissemination, human resources and other corporate services. Both areas of statistics involve extensive data collection through censuses, surveys and from administrative data sources.


To achieve the ABS Mission, the ABS is pursuing the following objectives in respect of both the Economic Statistics and the Population and Social Statistics Outputs:

  • an expanded and improved national statistical service
  • an ABS statistical service that is timely, relevant, responsive, and respected for its integrity and quality
  • informed and increased use of statistics
  • an active contributor to international statistical activities that are important to Australia or our region
  • an organisation that encourages learning, innovation, performance and excellence in all it does
  • the trust and cooperation of our providers
  • strong recognition and support for the ABS amongst decision makers and the community.

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