How to verify ABS official channels

Sharing important statistics and communicating with you is important to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

We have six official channels to keep you updated and informed. These include our website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and our Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts.

Addresses for our social media channels are as follows:

Facebook – facebook.com/absstats

Instagram – instagram.com/absstats/

Twitter – twitter.com/ABSStats

YouTube – ABSstatistics (youtube.com/channel/UCLYakh9E1q_O-wKJRc4Z2Rw)

LinkedIn – au.linkedin.com/company/absstats

All of our channels are identifiable by our logo.

We will never use social media to ask for personal, identifiable information.

If you use our social media to ask us questions, please don’t include any personal, identifiable information. This is to protect your own privacy.


Who to notify if you are unsure

If you are in doubt about an interaction you have had with someone claiming to be from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, or you think you have fallen victim to an impersonation scam, call us on 1300 135 070 between 9.00am and 4.00pm AEST, Monday to Friday. You can also report a scam on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Scamwatch website.

If you feel you are in danger as a result of an interaction with someone claiming to be from the Australian Bureau of Statistics call Crimes Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you receive a suspicious direct message or request on social media from someone claiming to be from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, please contact us via our social media channel or visit the Contact Us section of our website.


How to verify our social media channels

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts are verified with a blue tick badge next to our name. Our profile picture is our logo, including the Commonwealth coat of arms.

Our LinkedIn and YouTube accounts also have our logo as our profile picture, including the Commonwealth coast of arms.

Any accounts with similar names claiming to be the Australian Bureau of Statistics are fake and should be reported to us through direct message or to the platform immediately.


How to identify our website

The Australian Bureau of Statistics website is www.abs.gov.au. To identify our website, look for our logo in the top left corner which includes our name and the Commonwealth coat of arms.

Any website with similar names or web addresses claiming to be the Australian Bureau of Statistics are fake and should be reported to us immediately on 1300 135 070 between 9.00am and 4.00pm AEST, Monday to Friday.

Most Australian Government websites use the ‘.gov.au’ extension in the address—never ‘.org’, ‘.net’ or ‘.com’. Any website claiming to be a government department or agency without this should be treated with caution.