As part of ABS’s celebration of World Statistics Day, today Brian Pink, Australian Statistician will provide an overview of the Community Trust in ABS Statistics Survey (CTASS), a survey of the general community and specialist users on their perceptions of the ABS. As an institution, 92% (1) of Australians who rated the ABS trusted it – illustrating the ABS's standing in the wider community. In addition to trusting the ABS as an organisation, the ABS’s statistical products were also widely trusted.
The survey was undertaken as part of an OECD study on measuring public trust in official statistics. This independent survey is the first commissioned in Australia. Measures of trust in official statistics have also been undertaken in Europe and the ABS results compare very favourably internationally. Please see the pdf below for the full report title "Trust in ABS and ABS Statistics". A full media release is available on the ABS website.
Note: (1) This survey was undertaken by an independent consultant using a quota based household sampling methodology. The response rate was 26% and is much lower than the usual level of response that is experienced in surveys conducted by the ABS. The response of this survey is comparable to similar market research studies conducted by commercial survey organisations that are undertaken on a voluntary basis. Given the low response rates, and potential for non-response bias users are advised to interpret the findings with caution.