SSA Canberra Branch Meetings
Our next meeting is the 2022 Foreman Lecture. This will be a hybrid meeting, which you can either attend at the Knibbs Theatre, ABS Belconnen, or attend via zoom. Four speakers from ABS will do presentations related to methodology behind Australian censuses.
Date: Tuesday 26 July 2022
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm AEST
Speakers: Teresa Dickinson, Dennis Trewin, Dr Louise Wangerek and Annette Kelly
Topic: Are we really losing our religion but becoming more multicultural? How the ABS ensures that data from the Census is of high quality.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released the first tranche of data from the 2021 Census of Population and Housing. The Census represents a huge investment of resources for Australia. Data from the Census is very widely used by governments, academics, businesses and the community to inform decisions as wide ranging as setting of electoral boundaries and major infrastructure programs, through to what types of community activities to offer that improve social cohesion.
So how does the ABS ensure that the data from the Census is high quality and can be used with confidence? This Foreman lecture answers that question from a number of angles: how Census processes and systems are designed to collect high quality data; how administrative data has been used to improve Census data quality; and the various ways data is checked and validated.
Teresa Dickinson PSM: Teresa is a Deputy Australian Statistician and Senior responsible Officer for the Census. She has held senior positions in Official Statistics for 20 years in Australia and New Zealand.
Dennis Trewin AO: Dennis was Australian Statistician from 2000 to 2007. He is a former President of both the Australian Statistical Society and the International Statistical Institute and International Association of Survey Statisticians. Most recently Dennis has been a member of the Census Statistical Quality Assurance Panel for both the 2016 and 2021 Censuses.
Dr Louise Wangerek: Louise is acting Director of Census Futures. She has been an integral part of the team improving 2021 Census data quality through the use of administrative data. Prior to joining the Australian Public Service in 2006, she completed a PhD in gene therapy.
Annette Kelly: Annette was the Director of Data Quality and Statistical Risk in the 2021 Census, leading the implementation of end-to-end processes to maintain high quality Census data. Annette has worked in the design and operations of ABS surveys for many years, with a focus on understanding and improving data quality.
Knibbs Theatre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 45 Benjamin Way, Belconnen. If you wish to do this we are required to have a list of names, so you need to register in advance by entering your details on the attendance sheet, or contacting email@example.com.
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Dinner: After the talk we will be holding a dinner at Punjabi Junction, 1/57 Benjamin Way, Belconnen ACT, a short walk from ABS. If you are interested in attending the dinner, please let me know by 4pm Monday 25 July by entering your details at attendance sheet, or contacting me (firstname.lastname@example.org; 0407 916 868). Please regard this as a firm commitment, not just an intention.
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