Australian Statistics Advisory Council


The Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) typically meets three times a year and may also meet out of session, 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 - 14 February 2018

On 14 February, the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) met for the first time this year. Chaired by Professor Gary Banks AO, ASAC provides independent advice to the ABS and its Minister about longer-term statistical priorities and other strategic matters. Council members have diverse backgrounds, representing Commonwealth, state and territory governments, business, academic and community interests and are drawn from across Australia.

A number of topics were covered at the meeting, including updates on the release of the Senate inquiry report into the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey and outcomes of the Statistical Business Transformation Program Gateway Review (conducted in late 2017). Members also reported on key activities in their jurisdictions and sectors. ASAC has played a constructive role in facilitating consultation with key stakeholders, including the business sector and state governments, around the proposals being consulted on with respect to remaking the Statistics Determination. Members also provided advice on planning for 2021 Census content and community engagement. The Council also confirmed its priorities for 2018, which will now feed into its annual Statement of Intent.

The next ASAC meeting will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 1 August.