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Wednesday, 10 May 1961


Mr Whitlam m asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

What have been the dates and terms of arrangements entered into with the States with respect to the collection and publication of statistics and the supply of statistical information?


Mr Harold Holt - The answer to the honorable member's question is -

The following are the dates on which the Governor-General in Council approved arrangements with the respective States under the Statistics (Arrangements with States) Act 1956: -

New South Wales- 7th August, 1957.

Victoria- 18th June, 1958.

Queensland - 14th December, 1957.

South Australia- 27th March, 1957.

Western Australia- 16th May, 1957.

In respect of Tasmania the Statistical Bureau (Tasmania) Act 1924 was assented to on 20th October, 1924.

Terms of arrangements entered into with respect to the collection and publication and supply of statistical information vary slightly in specific detail between States, but each arrangement provides broadly that the Integrated Statistical Service shall continue to compile and publish those statistics which were compiled and published by the Government Statistician before the commencement of the arrangement, provide the like services of a statistical character for State departments and instrumentalities and compile and publish such other statistical matter as may reasonably be required for the purpose of the State or of the Commonwealth.

It was also provided that the State may retain or appoint a reasonable number of employees to perform at its expense and on its behalf the functions of statistical officers under the direction of the Government Statistician acting in his State capacity.

The full text of a typical arrangement, viz.. that for Queensland, is printed as a schedule to the "Commonwealth and State Statistical Agreement Act of 1958- Queensland 7 Eliz. II. No. 4 ".







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