Phase 3 - Essential Statistical Infrastructure (ESI)
Phase 3 is being progressed simultaneously with Phase 2. The purpose of Phase 3 is to identify the Essential Statistical Infrastructure (ESI) owned, developed and used by governments to produce, disseminate and access essential statistical assets. The scope of ESI specifically focuses on statistical infrastructure used by government departments and agencies.
ESI represents a critical component of Australia’s statistical system, and a potential area for government investment in order to improve the overall quality of the statistics produced within it.
The objectives sought from Phase 3 include:
1. Identification of those public infrastructure assets that are essential for supporting Australia’s statistical system, and an assessment of their fitness for purpose (including current gaps);
2. A continued focus on whole of government approaches to official standards and classifications which will optimise the statistical coordination of the essential statistical evidence base utilising common statistical infrastructure, enhancing productivity across the public sector;
3. A broader understanding and recognition that investment in statistical information extends beyond those activities directly related to the production and use of data, and the need for ongoing ESI investment.
The ABS will be consulting with relevant stakeholders to progress this phase of the initiative during early 2014, with the outcomes expected to be released publicly later in 2014.