The ABS’s role in the NSS
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has a legislated responsibility to help address the issues arising from multiple official statistical producers, by co-ordinating the operations of official bodies in the collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics and related information. (ABS Act 1975 – Section 6 (1)(c))
The ABS has responded by creating the NSS to help coordinate the production of statistics in government agencies, which in turn supports the broader Australian statistical system.
The four elements of the NSS
Four elements form the foundation of a highly functioning NSS: values, content, capability and statistical structure.
- Value: Governments and the community value and support high integrity information.
- Content: Public information sources are fully used to provide a statistical picture of the economy, society and environment.
- Capability: Producers and users are able to manage data, make it accessible and use it well.
- Statistical Infrastructure: Statistical standards, policies and tools are shared to maximise the value of investment, reduce provider load and support integrated statistics.
The NSS aims to improve the quality and usefulness of official statistical assets. The NSS objectives are:
- optimising and improving Australia’s essential statistical assets for evidence-based policy development, evaluation and research;
- The ABS coordinates and supports a significant number of statistical governance forums nationally and across states to discuss statistical priorities and strategies to improve the NSS.
The NSS priorities form the focus of strategic engagement activities undertaken by the ABS, as well as providing themes for discussion by the peak statistical governance forums within the NSS. The NSS determines priorities for each annual work program to advance the NSS.
What is the Australian statistical system?
The Australian statistical system includes all users and producers of statistics in non-government sectors such as businesses, not-for-profit organisations, research institutions and members of the Australian public, as well as users and producers in government bodies. The NSS exists as part of the broader Australian statistical system.
How do government agencies become involved in the NSS?
All government agencies who collect and use statistical data can participate as members of the NSS Community. Agencies wishing to contribute to the work of the NSS can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.