Australian Statistics Advisory Council


The Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) meets formally face to face three times per year, in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne (by rotation) but can also involve video conferencing across all Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) capital city offices. Additional engagement outside meetings is undertaken as appropriate.

Chaired by Professor Gary Banks AO, the Council is established under the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act (1975) to provide independent advice to the Statistician and our Minister about current and longer term statistical priorities and other relevant matters.

Meeting: 13 March 2019

The Council met in Canberra on 13 March 2019 for it's first meeting of the year.

A number of topics were discussed at the meeting including:

    • the development of a mid-term strategy and vision for the ABS
    • early framing of the 2019-20 Forward Work Program
    • an update on the possible 2021 Census content which is due to be reviewed by Government in the middle of 2019.

The Council also considered its priorities for 2019-20, which will feed into its annual Statement of Intent.

The next ASAC meeting will be held in Sydney on Thursday 1 August 2019.