The Principles of Statistical Integration
In response to various challenges, the Commonwealth Government is seeking to meet demand for high quality data through the integration of information from several administrative and statistical sources. Greater statistical data integration will enable significant cost reductions in evidence-based advice and the development of a new range of official statistics.
Recognising that many challenges do not fit neatly within individual portfolios and the importance of establishing a common framework for statistical integration, Commonwealth Portfolio Secretaries established the Cross Portfolio Statistical Integration Committee (CPSIC) in April 2009, jointly chaired by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
The first stage of the Committee’s work involved the development of seven high level principles for statistical data integration across the Australian Government. These principles provide a framework for data integration for statistical and research purposes, while recognising information as a strategic resource and the accountability of data custodians. The framework also provides the need to nominate an integrating authority to be responsible for each statistical integration proposal, that integration provides significant benefits, and the need to minimise risk and implement appropriate governance mechanisms.
Portfolio Secretaries endorsed this set of principles on 3 February 2010.
The next stage of work is currently underway with consideration of appropriate institutional and governance arrangements in line with these principles. Consultation with a range of stakeholders is ongoing and a communications plan is also being prepared. For more information, please contact the CPSIC Secretariat, (02) 6252 7198.