Phase 4 - Developing Priorities for Investment
The Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) has been working closely with the ABS to progress the ESA initiative and consider priorities for investment in the statistical system. ASAC has also recognised the importance of reforming the national statistical system in order to better identify areas for investment. ASAC is continuing to work with the ABS and other relevant stakeholders to determine possible solutions to address existing barriers to an efficient and effective Australian statistical system. Part of this work includes a business case for reform, which will commence in early 2014. This business case will encompass the fourth and final phase of the ESA for Australia initiative. More updates will become available as they occur.
It should be recognised that the allocation of resources to support investments in response to the identification of priorities remains with the respective data custodian agencies. Given the limited resources generally available, the ability of an agency to invest in the priorities identified will rely on the respective agency’s prioritising of investment in statistical assets and infrastructure against their other obligations, and also against the investment priorities of government more broadly.