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 November 2019

The Council met in Melbourne on 13 November 2019 for its final meeting of the year.

A number of topics were discussed at the meeting including an update on the progress of the 2021 Census, the ABS' approach to data protection and cyber security, developments in the areas of community trust and data ethics, and the future of economic measurement priorities and opportunities.

The next ASAC meeting is expected to be held in Canberra in March 2020.