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Welcome to the December 2016 edition of the Statistical Clearing House (SCH) newsletter. Our newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with the latest happenings with the SCH, and to raise awareness of some key news and events taking place in the National Statistical Service (NSS).
This edition contains information about recent issues with the submission of the Basic Survey Information form, our availability over the Christmas period, resources available on our website, as well as a few handy tips for survey managers. We also provide an update on the Productivity Commission’s draft report in relation to Data Availability and Use.
What’s happening in the SCH?
Recent Issues with submitting the Basic Survey Information form
We have had a few instances where survey managers have submitted their Basic Survey Information form, however, the form has not been received by the SCH. In these particular cases, when the survey manager submits the Basic Survey Information form, the web page goes blank, or the form simply refreshes. We believe these issues may be arising as a result of the Internet Explorer settings used by some survey managers, but our Technology Support area is investigating further. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
As a reminder, once you have submitted your Basic Survey Information form, a new web page should appear, confirming receipt of your submission. You should also receive an email notification, advising you if your survey requires an SCH review.
If you do not receive notification/confirmation of your survey submission, we ask that you submit the Basic Survey Information form again. If you experience repeated issues with trying to submit your survey, please contact the SCH.
SCH availability during the Christmas period
The SCH will be unattended from Friday 23 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017 (inclusive) and will have reduced availability throughout January. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes. If your survey will require approval/review during this period, please contact us ASAP on (02) 6252 5285 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources available on the SCH website
For those of you new to survey design or development, you may wish to browse the Useful Resources page on our website. This page includes guides to help design your materials, links to various National Statistical Service (NSS) resources, and other reference materials to assist with your survey development. A seminar which provides more information about the SCH is also available on the NSS website.
SCH Handy Tips: When should I initiate an SCH review?
All Commonwealth Government surveys approaching 50 or more businesses require SCH review and approval before they can begin collecting data.
For new surveys, we encourage survey managers to initiate an SCH review once survey development begins, as we aim to work alongside your schedule. Broad level information in relation to the survey design is sufficient to initiate the SCH review. You can provide updated detailed survey information and survey collection materials to the SCH as they become available.
Please initiate an SCH review by submitting the Basic Survey Information form online. You can preview the questions to help you prepare your responses.
For surveys with current SCH approval that are undergoing significant changes to the survey design and/or content, please contact us to discuss the changes to your survey as your survey may require SCH re-approval to ensure that the level of provider load remains justifiable and the survey remains fit-for-purpose.
For surveys that will be repeated after the SCH approval period expires, SCH re-approval is required to ensure the level of provider load remains justifiable. The approval period is stated in the SCH approval email which is sent to the survey manager and Statistical Liaison Officer upon a successful SCH review. The SCH will initiate the next review process, unless the survey manager approaches the SCH prior to this to discuss upcoming changes to their survey.
News from the National Statistical Service
The Productivity Commission (PC) released its Draft report for the Inquiry into Data Availability and Use on 3 November 2016.
The inquiry, commissioned by Treasurer, Scott Morrison, investigates the benefits and costs of options for increasing availability and the use of public and private sector data as well as improving individual's access to their own data. The draft report proposes a fundamental reform to Australia’s data system, from one based on risk aversion to one based on transparency and confidence in data processes. The recommendations include a call for a new data framework, including the establishment of a National Data Custodian and a Data Sharing and Release Act.
The draft report has been prepared for public consultation and input. The ABS has had a number of opportunities to engage with the PC about the report. Written submissions are invited from the public by Monday 12 December 2016. The PC expects to finalise the report by March 2017.
How to Contact the SCH:
If you have any enquiries or feedback about the Statistical Clearing House, please contact us via:
email at email@example.com ; or
telephone on +61 2 6252 5285