In November 2010, the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) endorsed the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to "identify in a highly consultative way a preliminary list of Essential Statistical Assets (ESA) for Australia, regardless of the organisations that produce them". The ABS recognises that it is not the only producer of highly important official statistical information for policy formulation and evaluation, and the effective delivery of community services. ESA has been developed as part of the ABS strategy to support the National Statistical Service (NSS).
The purpose of the list is to separate the core set of essential statistical assets from the number of other official statistics generated by governments and use it to prioritise investment in statistical assets. This broader set of statistics is still important and will continue to be produced, managed and subject to investment, but the ESA list will inform those essential for ongoing investment for yielding the greatest benefit.
The ABS has now developed a preliminary list to provide a springboard for consultation with the community and stakeholders who produce and/or use official statistics to identify those statistics considered essential for the nation.
In this seminar Peter Harper will launch the ESA public consultation phase. The seminar will include an overview of the ESA initiative and its rationale, how the preliminary list has been developed and how you can have a say in identifying what are the Essential Statistical Assets for Australia.
Peter Harper - Deputy Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Video Presentation (streaming) | Power Point Presentation (1.1MB)
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