1006.0 - Forward Work Program, 2013-14 to 2016-17  
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The program is responsible for designing and developing the next generation of statistical information infrastructure which, once implemented across ABS collections, will allow the ABS to transform the way its business is undertaken. The program will deliver a coherent and integrated environment for the life cycle management of ABS data and metadata.

The objective of the program is to lead the design, development and implementation of:

    • information management governance, infrastructure and standards
    • metadata driven processes that encompass the life-cycle management of data and metadata assets.

This infrastructure will lay the platform for ABS business processes to be metadata driven from end to end, within a common data management framework. The application of standards based statistical information, in conjunction with the re-engineering of business processes, will greatly increase re-use and automation of end-to-end statistical processes. This will reduce the number of labour intensive manual tasks, which have resulted from incompatibilities between systems and processes.

This program will provide a platform for ABS to increase efficiency of statistical processes and develop new statistical products more rapidly.


The program has the following main outputs:
    • the statistical workflow management system
    • information management frameworks, standards and governance
    • core infrastructure for the management of data and metadata.


The main medium term developments are to:
    • develop and implement a Metadata Registry and Repository to provide end-to-end management, registration, storage and re-use of ABS metadata – due 2013-2014 to 2014-15
    • develop and implement an Enterprise Data Warehouse to provide life-cycle management of statistical data – due 2013-2014 to 2014-15
    • develop and implement a statistical workflow management system to facilitate the design, creation and orchestration of statistical processes – due 2013-14 to 2014-15
    • develop and implement a framework for managing and re-using metadata – due 2013-14 to 2014-15
    • collaborate with international organisations on the development and refinement of international metadata models, including the Data Documentation Initiative and Generic Statistical Information Model – due 2013-2014.


Gillian Nicoll, Assistant Statistician, Information Infrastructure Branch

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