Australian Statistics Advisory Council. The objective of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) is to advise the Minister and the Statistician on statistical issues, and on medium and longer term priorities and work programs of the ABS. ASAC was established by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975 (ABS Act). The ASAC membership represent a broad cross-section of interests in the community. Apart from the State and Territory representatives, members of ASAC are generally appointed in a personal capacity rather than as representatives of an organisation. However, some key organisations (e.g., the Commonwealth Treasury) are invariably represented on ASAC. ASAC normally meets three times a year; in March, July and November. The November meeting is normally held over two days, the other meetings over one. Meetings are held in Canberra. Subsection 24(2) of the ABS Act requires ASAC to present to Parliament an annual report of its activities.