Australian Statistics Advisory Council


The Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) typically meets three times a year and may meet out of session also, depending on need. Meetings are generally held by rotation in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, but can also involve video conferencing across all ABS capital city offices.

Meeting: 1 August 2018

The Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) met in Melbourne on 1 August for its second meeting of the year.

Chaired by Professor Gary Banks AO, ASAC is the primary external governance forum for the ABS. The Council is established under the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act (1975)(the ABS Act) to provide independent advice to the ABS and our Minister about longer term statistical priorities and other relevant matters.

The topics discussed included updates on recent statistical innovations, 2017-18 budget matters and a number of recent achievements including the IPAA award for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. ASAC members also reported on key statistical priorities pertaining to their respective jurisdictions, and raised matters for the ABS’ consideration. The meeting generated good discussion and yielded valuable advice from the Council.

The next ASAC meeting will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 14 November.