committee recommends that all future Privacy Impact Assessments relating to the
census, are conducted externally with the final report published on the ABS
website 12 months in advance of the census to which it relates.
the release of a PIA recommending changes to future censuses, consultation
across the Australian community should be undertaken by the ABS with the
outcomes clearly documented on the ABS website no less than six months before a
committee recommends that the ABS update its internal guidelines to make clear
that consultation requires active engagement with the non-government and
committee recommends that the ABS publicly commit to reporting any breach of
census related data to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
within one week of becoming aware of the breach.
committee recommends that the Australian Government commit the necessary
funding for the 2021 census in the 2017–18 Budget.
committee recommends that the ABS conduct open tendering processes for future
census solutions requiring the participation of the private sector.
committee recommends that the ABS give greater attention to intellectual
property provisions in contracts that include licensing and royalty
committee recommends that the 2021 eCensus application be subject to an
Information Security Registered Assessors Program Assessment.
committee recommends that the ABS take a more proactive role in validating the
resilience of the eCensus application for the 2021 census.
committee recommends that the Department of Finance review its ICT Investment
Approval Process to ensure that projects such as the 2016 Census are
covered by the cabinet two-pass process.
committee recommends that the Australian Government provide portfolio stability
for the ABS.
committee recommends responsible ministers seek six-monthly briefings on the
progress of census preparations. These briefings should cover issues including,
but not limited to, cyber security, system redundancy, procurement processes
and the capacity of the ABS to manage risks associated with the census.
committee recommends that the ABS consider establishing a dedicated telephone
assistance line for people who require special assistance in completing the
committee recommends that the maximum value of fines and any other penalties
relating to the census be explicitly stated.
committee recommends that the Australian Bureau of Statistics develop a clear
communications strategy outlining the outcomes for non-compliance with the census, including resolution processes and the value of
committee recommends that the Australian Government provide sufficient funding
for the ABS to undertake its legislated functions to a continued high standard.
committee recommends that the responsible minister act as a matter of urgency
to assist the ABS in filling senior positions left vacant for greater than 6
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