Australian Statistician's role up for grabs later this year

By Stephen Easton

August 20, 2019

David Kalisch. Photo: Andrew Meares

David Kalisch will not be seeking another contract as head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and applications are open for the statutory role.

Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar confirmed Kalisch’s five-year term as head of the independent authority comes to an end in December.

“The Government is undertaking an open, merit-based selection process to recruit the next Australian Statistician,” Sukkar said.

“Applications for this important role have now opened and suitably qualified individuals are invited to apply.

“Mr David Kalisch, the current Australian Statistician, has informed me of his intention not to re-apply for the role.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank David for serving as the Australian Statistician since December 2014. The Government wishes him well in his future endeavours after a career spanning close to 38 years of service to our Nation as a public servant.”

It’s been a wild ride for Kalisch, who faced calls to boycott the Census over the agency’s efforts to collect and store more useful personal information about Australians, which weren’t communicated well enough to the public when first introduced, and later the crash of the Census website on the big day.

Read more: What I learned the hard way: ABS boss David Kalisch fronts fellow bureaucrats

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