Welcome to the November 2014 edition of the NSS News, a newsletter designed to keep you in touch with developments in the field of statistics. This edition contains the October edition of the Statistical Clearing House newsletter, information on the Quality Assessment of the Essential Statistical Assets for Australia and an update on the Commonwealth arrangements for data integration.
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The Statistical Clearing House (SCH) newsletter has been released. This edition contains information about some changes to the SCH website and the way the SCH collects information about your surveys. The SCH also announce the reactivation of the Business Survey Register, as well as a few staffing changes.
The quality of our critical statistical assets was assessed at the national level and will enable improvements to the statistical system where it will be of greatest benefit. Users and producers of statistics will now share a common understanding about the quality of our essential statistics and a shared focus will enable us to better utilise government resources that go into the production of these statistics.
For more on the ESA for Australia initiative, please see the ESA for Australia homepage. The ESA quality assessment publication, including summaries of each essential statistic, will be available from 11:30am on 12 December 2014 on the ABS website. For further information please contact Cassy Short (03) 9615 7016.
Data integration is the combining of data from different administrative and/or survey sources, at the unit record level (e.g. for an individual person), to produce new datasets. Data integration leverages more information from the combination of datasets than is available from the individual datasets separately.
The Initial Implementation of the Commonwealth Arrangements
On 1 July 2014, the Commonwealth started to implement a set of arrangements for conducting statistical and research data integration projects that involve Commonwealth data (the Commonwealth arrangements). The arrangements aim to increase the use of Commonwealth data for statistical and research data integration projects, while protecting the privacy and confidentiality of the information people/businesses have provided to the Commonwealth.
As part of the initial implementation of the Commonwealth arrangements, the Guide for Data Integration Projects Involving Commonwealth Data for Statistical and Research Purposes (the guide) has been released. The aim of the guide is to provide practical advice on how to comply with the Commonwealth arrangements. It also has further information about the current scope of the arrangements and will be updated over time to reflect any changes.
Information sheets about the Commonwealth Arrangements
This month, a set of information sheets about the Commonwealth arrangements have been released. These sheets provide a brief explanation about various aspects of the arrangements, including an overview of each of the roles and responsibilities of those involved in a data integration project. To access the information sheets go to the Resources page of the guide.
Another Integrating Authority is Accredited
In early November 2014, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) was granted accreditation by the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board. Accreditation means that, under the Commonwealth arrangements, AIFS can now conduct data integration research projects that are considered to be high risk. The Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare are also accredited.
For more information
To learn more about the Commonwealth arrangements and their development see the Statistical Data Integration pages of the National Statistical Service website, the Guide, or contact the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org