Australian Bureau of Statistics to transform its data acquisition process

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has gone to tender looking for capabilities that will allow it to change the way it collects data.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is seeking to deliver capabilities that will enable it transform the way it acquires data.

The agency has gone to tender requesting the successful supplier will be able to deliver capabilities to meet certain system requirements including the ability to enhance the agency's digital channels, relationship and operations management, and instrument design tool and test.

According to the request for tender, the ABS is after capabilities that can be made up from a combination of hardware, software, and technical services.

The contract will be for an initial period of up to two years, but the ABS said it may extend the contract for further periods of up to two years depending on the nature of the solution that is offered.

The request for tender is part of the ABS' move to transform its statistical infrastructure. During the 2015 federal budget, the government announced it would commit AU$250 million to the agency over the next five years.

ABS CIO Patrick Hadley previously told ZDNet that the additional funding would be used as part of a broader transformation the agency is currently undertaking, something that was previously labelled as the ABS 2017 program, and has since been rebadged to the statistical business transformation program (SBTP).

As part of the transformation, Hadley said the agency will focus specifically on overhauling its statistical infrastructure, including systems and business processes that are engaged in collecting, processing, analysing, and disseminating data. He admitted there are some applications in use that are at least 30 years old.

"It's not an IT refresh; it's a fundamental transformation of statistical processes, systems, and infrastructure," he said at the time.