Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The ABS cull - the stats headed for the tip

Have your say, before it's too late

Job vacancy figures, capital expenditure figures and building approval counts are set for the chop in a major shakeup of what the Australian Bureau of Statistics does, one it says will concentrate its work on “essential” statistics at a time of “shrinking real resources”.

Others with an uncertain future include disability services, house price indicies and motor vehicle sales. Details are at the National Statistical Service website: nss.gov.au Submissions are due by September 14.

In today's Age

UPDATE: The ABS today.

Good afternoon,

You may have noticed reports in some sections of the media today suggesting that a range of official statistics, including economic statistics, may be under threat as part of the Essential Statistical Assets for Australia initiative that was released yesterday by the ABS. The purpose of this note is to reassure that there are no plans to cut any ABS or other statistics as a result of this initiative.

The aim of the initiative is to identify a small core set of statistics to target for potential future investment because of their broad application and critical use for decision-making.

Clearly, the wider range of official statistics produced and used across Australia are still important. They will continue to be so, and will continue to be produced, managed and invested in.

The list released this week is a preliminary one, aimed to generate discussion and debate and we'd welcome your input. Further information about the initiative and how to contribute to the discussion can be found on www.nss.gov.au



HERE'S THE SHORTER LIST:







The ABS Hit List- Consultation Paper



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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This list doesn't include all the changes that are slated. Real cut backs to things like labour stats and other areas of operation.

Peter Martin said...

Ta.

Anonymous said...

Pete having worked at the ABS before I know one thing is for sure this statement is meaningless spin.

 The aim of the initiative is to identify a small core set of statistics to target for potential future investment because of their broad application and critical use for decision-making.

One reason is that one of Brian Pink's key non negotiables is: no new work without new money. For some time now the the only focus has been on cutting expenses and not improving the way business is done. You will see in time the subtle measures that are slowly eroding the capability of the ABS.

Many experienced and knowledgable staff have left in recent times because they were either forced to leave or have simply felt their skills were would be put to better use elsewhere. 

Furthermore, the ABS has also suffered the same ailment of other departments, a burgeoning rank of middle /senior managers. Take a look at how many they have for the size of the department...its quite ridiculous. I've been around a while and I have to say that the number of managers at the ABS is quite ridiculous. Last time I checked they increased them as well. Now ask yourself if funds are tight and your reducing outputs why do you need another senior manager?

Anonymous said...

Look at the resources set aside last financial year and the projected resources for the next few years. Its very telling.

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1006.02011-2012%20to%202014-2015?OpenDocument

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