Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is a Data Quality Statement?
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?
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?
assess the quality of a data item or a collection of data items,
with reference to the user's specific purpose and requirements; and
design a statistical collection or product which is fit for
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
To view an example of a Data Quality Statement, please go to the
. Note: Internally
ABS refer to Quality Statements as Quality Declarations.
Question: What is the ABS Data Quality Framework?
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
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?
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?
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?
The 'General' Data Quality Statements have a broad
application including various
, such as
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
guidance is provided via the