The wide availability of statistical information to assist and encourage informed decision making, research and discussion within Governments and the community is fundamental to open government and the democracy which we enjoy in Australia.
The National Statistical Service (NSS) initiative is a recognition of the fact that much of the statistical information required to inform policy makers is contained in the administrative systems of government organisations. The NSS includes important statistics that can be, and should be, generated as a by-product of the administrative processes of government, and the outputs of direct statistical collections conducted to support government activities.
The Vision of the National Statistical Service (NSS) is all government agencies working together to deliver the statistics required by Australia. This will be achieved through increasing the availability, accessibility and useability of information derived from key administrative and survey data sets, applying sound statistical and data management principles and practices, and forging statistical partnerships to share knowledge and expertise.
Maximising the usefulness, availability and comparability of these data will ensure improved policy formulation through access to better, broader and more comparable information, better monitoring of the effectiveness and efficiency of program services, improved access to and use made of the data by the wider community, and reduced overall costs for the provision of government information services.
The Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics were adopted in 1994 by the United Nations Statistical Division and have been accepted internationally as representing sound and workable principles for the operation of an official statistical agency. In recent years, international statistical organisations have developed frameworks for describing the quality of data. The NSS Key Principles recognises the importance of both the fundamental principles and quality frameworks and encompasses both of these developments.
The objectives of the NSS Key Principles (first released in June 2004) are to assist government organisations, at Commonwealth, State/Territory and local levels, to produce and publish Australia's National Statistics, and promote 'best practice' to guide the achievement of high standards in the collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics.
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