About NSS Networks
As part of the NSS strategy, forums and networks have been established to allow agencies to share information and experiences about their collection and dissemination of statistics and data management practices.
Australian Government Statistical Forum (AGSF)
The AGSF provides a vehicle for senior staff in Australian Government agencies to discuss key national and international statistical developments. The role of the forum is to:
(a) Advance the NSS and consider strategic matters of importance to the effective operation of the NSS.
(b) Consider matters of relevance to producers of statistical services within the Australian Government.
(c) Share information on developments in each agency's activities, with regard to national statistical information, and identify opportunities for collaborative work.
Agenda and Minutes from AGSF meetings can be viewed here.
National Statistical Seminar Series
For information on Upcoming NSS Seminars, please refer to the National Statistical Seminar Series web page.
Presentations and Papers from previous StatsNetwork meetings can be viewed here. Archived Statistical Clearing House seminars can be viewed here.
Australian Community Indicators Network
The Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN) has been established by a wide range of people and organisations working on the development and use of community indicators to monitor change and progress in communities. The network includes people in community development, government and universities, working on projects as diverse as local government, regional and state level plans, neighbourhood renewal, and community advocacy. It aims to assist people using or developing community indicators to share ideas and information, strengthen community engagement, foster collaboration and develop representative groups in all states.
To find out more please refer to the ACIN home page.
State and Territory Forums
Forums also exist at the State and Territory level to progress the NSS initiatives. They provide a broad perspective of the strategic statistical information needs and priorities across the State/Territory Government sector, through the exchange of information and the identification of common interests. The forums also promote co-operative arrangements for the use and interpretation of statistics as well as strengthening the relationships amongst government agencies.
Through one such forum, the South Australian Government became the first foundation member of the NSS with its adoption of the NSS Key Principles. A copy of the agreement, which was signed on 4 February 2004, can be seen in the attached file.
Stats Link Network (SLN) Tasmania
The SLN aims to draw together a wide network of Tasmanian data users and producers for the purposes of information sharing, collaboration and capability development. Providing opportunities for members to meet, discuss issues, and tap into experts through organised workshops and other events, the network supports the National Statistical Service objective of forging partnerships to share knowledge and expertise.
To find out more information about The SLN Tasmania, please visit the SLN Tasmania homepage on the NSS Website.
Strategic Cross-Sectoral Data Committee
The Strategic Cross-sectoral Data Committee for Early Childhood, Education and Training contributes to the advancement of the evidence base for policy and public accountability by fostering the development of high quality, relevant and coherent statistics across all education sectors in order to facilitate the measurement of learning over the life-course through data sharing and data integration.
To find out more information about the Strategic Cross-Sectoral Data Committee, please visit the Strategic Cross-Sectoral Data Committee homepage on the NSS Website.
Canberra Evaluation Forum
Rosemary A Bailey, Professor of Statistics, Queen Mary University of London, will give a seminar on " Conflicts between optimality criteria for block designs with low replication" , 25 November 2012 at 2.30pm.
Putting the Evidence into Evidence Based Policy
Peter Harper, Deputy Australian Statistician delivered a presentation to the Canberra Evaluation Forum on 15 October 2009 on the importance of statistics to evidence based policy and in particular, the use of appropriate statistics and how they can sometimes be misused. His presentation also covered the role of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as Australia's national statistical agency in providing policy makers with high quality statistics and outlined how the ABS works in partnership with others to enhance the information base for Australian decision makers.
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