As part of the Treasury portfolio, the ABS maintains a close relationship with the Department of the Treasury and the responsible Minister, while acting independently and objectively to provide official statistics and exercise our legislative powers. The Statement of Expectations for the ABS outlines the Australian Government’s expectations of us and our Statement of Intent outlines how we will meet those expectations.
During 2018–19, the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer and Federal Member for Deakin, was responsible for the ABS until late August 2018. The Hon. Stuart Robert, Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fadden, was then given responsibility, which he retained until 29 May 2019. The Hon. Michael Sukkar MP has since resumed responsibility for the ABS.