Duncan Young, General Manager, National Data Acquisition Division

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Duncan Young is the General Manager for the National Data Acquisition Division at the ABS.

As a graduate of computer science and mathematics, Duncan has worked in a wide range of statistical and technology leadership roles over nearly twenty years at the ABS and Statistics New Zealand. Duncan applied his leadership to the 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey as program manager, helping successfully deliver the survey within 99 days. Duncan was also the program manager of the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, Australia’s largest logistical exercise. Duncan led this project through the challenging technology issues in 2016 to deliver the expected high quality of data on time, and ultimately saving $100m through the transformed approach.

Duncan has delivered technical assistance to the 2009 Vietnam Census, and was part of the UN Statistics Division expert panel for the 2020 round of Censuses. Duncan was also a member of the UK’s Beyond Census 2011 International Review Panel and the International Advisory Panel to the 2014 Myanmar Census. Duncan is currently the ABS’ Executive Sponsor for statistical programs in Indonesia.

Duncan was recognised as the 2011 Australian Government Young ICT Professional of the Year, completed his Masters of Public Administration in 2012 and received the 2013 Young Public Sector Leader Award. He was also presented with the Australian Statistician’s Award in 2016.

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