Reducing burden on respondents
Producers of statistical information are all too aware of the impost that direct statistical collections place on providers. In order to minimise adverse reactions from providers the NSS continues to explore initiatives which will reduce the time and resources that businesses and the public spend on supplying data for statistics.
For example, a number of Australian Government Agencies are brokering Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to govern the sharing of data for statistical purposes. A key component of these MOUs is the support for a reduction in the burden on businesses through establishing arrangements for making multiple use of data collected for statistical purposes and increasing the use of Administrative data for the production of Statistics.
Agencies producing Statistics are joining in the Australian Governments Standard Business Reporting initiative. This initiative seeks to cut compliance burden on business by centralising reporting of business data through one point that then supplies Agencies with the data they require.
The Australian Government Statistical Clearing House reviews business surveys conducted by government to monitor the level of respondent burden and via the provision of professional methodological advice ensure that survey methodology is appropriate.