THE Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has engaged international consultancy Accenture to help transform its data collection and survey systems.
Deputy Australian Statistician of the Statistical Business Transformation Group, Trevor Sutton, said the engagement would deliver new data collection systems that reduce the survey burden on Australian households and businesses. He said the move was part of the ABS’s $257million business transformation.
“Accenture will enable the ABS to issue statistical products more affordably, efficiently and with ICT stability, ultimately ensuring our long term sustainability and statistical contribution to all Australians,” Mr Sutton said.
Accenture won the $19.9 million open tender contract to help the ABS to develop the next generation of statistical infrastructure and transform the way the ABS collects, analyses and accesses statistics.
“The Accenture engagement will enhance our digital data collection, reduce the manual handling, enable cost savings, reduce paper use and improve our reporting and processes,” Mr Sutton said.
“We will be implementing new management tools that will give us a greater capacity for automation, reducing cost and risk through the use of market leading off-the-shelf software rather than bespoke internally developed systems.”
Installation, configuration and testing of the new systems are due to be completed by December 2017, with the solution in use from 2018.