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Government rethinks ICT statistics collection

by Justin Hendry •
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In order to strengthen the quality of digital economy data collected in Australia, and to determine priority areas for future collection, the Department of Communications and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have initiated an ICT Statistics Review and have invited submissions.  

The move is in step with the Coalition’s Policy for eGovernment and Digital Economy to “improve the quality of data on the digital economy available to decision-makers.”

The review will seek to:

  • Determine ICT information requirements across the public, private and non-profit sectors, and measure economic and social dimensions to comprehend the availability and use of digital products and services, digital economy efficiency, digital economy policy and the extent of internet-based interactions for government services;
  • Recognise gaps, repeats, shortcomings and suitability of the existing ABS ICT statistics to meet data requirements, including a quality assessment of the ABS data quality framework;
  • Explore administrative by-product and ‘big data’ as efficient alternatives to direct survey data collection;
  • Develop a plan to effectively measure the contribution that ICT makes to the economy and productivity levels; and
  • Resolve confusion surrounding the definitions of key terms.

"The input from the submissions will help us make sure that these statistics continue to provide the valuable information that meet people's needs,” said the ABS’s Director of the Innovation and Technology Statistics Branch, Diane Braskic.

The public consultation phase will run until 27 February 2015 with the review expected to be complete by end of June 2015. 

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