The Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) was established under the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975 to be the key advisory body to the Minister and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on statistical services. This includes addressing the priority of maintaining and enhancing the quality of official statistics, as well as providing valuable input to the directions and priorities of the ABS work program.
Under subsection 18(1) of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975, the Council is to advise the Minister and the Australian Statistician on:
(a) the improvement, extension and co-ordination of statistical services provided for public purposes in Australia;
(b) annual and longer term priorities and programs of work that should be adopted in relation to major aspects of the provision of those statistical services; and
(c) any other matters relating generally to those statistical services.
The Act enables the Minister and/or the Australian Statistician to seek the advice of Council on these matters. The Council works closely with the Australian Statistician, and the Council Chairperson meets periodically with the Minister to ensure advice and assistance is readily available.
To contribute to the effective development of Australia’s statistical assets, by providing the Minister and the Statistician with independent, relevant and timely advice on national priorities.
The Council reports annually to the Parliament and the Australian Statistics Advisory Council Annual Report (ABS cat. no. 1002.0) is available from the ABS website.
This page last updated 24 August 2020