Welcome to NatStats 2013


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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the National Statistical Service (NSS) welcome you to the NatStats 2013 Conference website.  

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will be hosting the third NatStats conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 12 - 14 March 2013.

NatStats 2013 will build on the enthusiasm and passion generated throughout previous NatStats conferences held in 2010 and 2008. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for key stakeholders from across the statistical community to help build a strong and vibrant National Statistical Service in Australia.

The theme for NatStats 2013 is

“A better informed Australia: the role of statistics in building the nation”.



The conference will explore what nation building means to Australia, and how statistics are critical in informing the decisions which shape our future. An exciting program is being designed with policy and decision makers in mind. Senior staff from policy departments, academia, community organisations and the private sector as well as key international speakers will be invited to provide their perspectives on the role of statistics in building Australia through informed decision making.

As a participant at the NatStats 2013 Conference, you will contribute to the effective use of better, broader and more comparable information which will assist the NSS. Improving the NSS will allow better monitoring of government services, improve access to and use of data by the wider community, and reduce overall costs for the provision of government information services.

We look forward to your involvement in this significant national event.


Trevor Sutton

Trevor Sutton
Chair, NatStats 2013 Board
Deputy Australian Statistician
Australian Bureau of Statistics