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The Statistics Determination 1983

Key documents

The Statistics Determination 1983 (the Determination) is due to sunset on 1 October 2018 and will need to be remade so the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) can continue to provide detailed statistical information that helps to inform decision making.

The Determination is made under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (the Act). It complements the Act by setting out the additional circumstances under which the ABS can release information. Under the Determination, information of a personal or domestic nature cannot be released in a way that is likely to enable the identification of a person.

The proposed changes to the Determination do not substantially change its intent or design or the strict controls that govern the specific circumstances under which information can be released either to the public or on a limited basis.

Treasury is seeking the community’s views on proposed changes to the Determination which are outlined in the consultation paper. The proposed changes will modernise the Determination and ensure it remains fit-for-purpose.


You can submit responses to this consultation up until 16 February 2018.

Interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation.

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

How to respond


Address written submissions to:

Louise Lilley
Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent