Australian Bureau of Statistics

The ABS is Australia's official national statistical agency. It was established over 100 years ago as the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, following enactment of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. The agency became the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1975 with the passing of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975. The ABS provides statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters, covering government, business and the community. It also has an important coordination function with respect to the statistical activities of other official bodies, both in Australia and overseas


Key People

Further information

  • Type of Body

    A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity

  • GFS Sector Classification


  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    A. Principal

  • GFS Function / Sector Reported


  • Materiality


  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Statutory Agency with Dual Staffing Powers

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

  • Postal Address

    Locked Bag 10, Belconnen ACT 2616

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Statistician Dr. David Gruen AO 11 December 2019 10 December 2024

Government appointed boards

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