Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is a Data Quality Statement?

Answer: A Data Quality Statement is a presentation of information about the quality of a data item or a collection of data items, using the ABS Data Quality Framework.

The purpose of Data Quality Statements is to clearly communicate key characteristics of the data which impact on quality, so that potential users can make informed decisions about fitness for use.

Quality Statements should report both the strengths and limitations of the data.


Question: Why should I write a Data Quality Statement?

Answer: A Data Quality Statement allows potential users to make informed decisions about fitness for use and reliability of data. A Data Quality Statement applies the principles of the ABS Data Quality Framework, which enable users to:
Question: What does a Data Quality Statement look like?

Answer: Data Quality Statements vary in length and detail, depending on the audience and medium for release. For example, the ABS has produced specific statements based on statistical releases called "Quality Declarations". Quality Declarations are succinct summaries which quickly communicate key statistical quality messages, as well as providing links to more detailed information about the statistical output.

To view an example of a Data Quality Statement, please go to the ABS Website. Note: Internally ABS refer to Quality Statements as Quality Declarations.


Question: What is the ABS Data Quality Framework?

Answer: The ABS Data Quality Framework ABS Cat no 1520.0 is a general framework to enable a comprehensive and multidimensional assessment of the quality of a statistical dataset, product or release. The Framework consists of seven (7) quality dimensions relating to data quality:



Question: Can I start drafting a Data Quality Statement and come back to it later?

Answer: Yes. You can save your progress and exit the system by clicking on the 'End Session' button located at the bottom of the screen. You will be prompted to nominate a location (drive or server) and name for the output file. The output file will be in an .XML format.

To resume work on a Data Quality Statement, select the 'Reload a Quality Statement' button option on the Data Quality Statement page. You will be prompted to upload an XML file. Note: You can only attach XML files originally generated by the Data Quality Statement Tool which have not been amended.


Question: Who can see the information that I enter into the Data Quality Statement?

Answer: Any information you enter will be progressively saved on your local computer memory. If you complete your statement or save progress, you will be prompted to nominate a server/drive location where the output (XML file) will be saved. Confidentiality of the XML file will then be based on the security settings of the server/drive you have selected.


Question: What is the difference between a COAG Data Quality Statement and General/Other Data Quality Statement?

Answer: The 'General' Data Quality Statements have a broad application including various data sources, such as Administrative, Survey and Multiple sources.

The 'COAG' Data Quality Statements are tailored towards the requirements set out by the COAG Reform Council. If you are completing a COAG Data Quality statement, you will need to know your National Reporting Area, corresponding Performance Indicators and Numerator/Denominator details. Further guidance is provided via the Help Pages.