The Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.

The ABS also has an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics. This assists in maximising the value of Australian Government investment on these activities, and ensures outputs are fit-for-purpose.

By doing these things, ABS aim to inform decisions on important issues, which will lead to a more informed community; more efficient markets, economic growth and productivity enhancements; better policy development and evaluation; and targeted and more efficient service delivery.

The ABS provides an advisory role to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), in terms of framing its assistance to statistical development in the Pacific region.

We view the ABS as a trusted partner of statistics development in the Pacific region.  Through our Statistics for Development Division, we currently collaborate with the ABS on the implementation of phase two of the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS), which is largely funded by DFAT.  The ABS is one of 12 major partners involved in implementing TYPSS.