Dennis Trewin

Australian Statistician

100 years of official statistics with special reference to the contribution of Sir Roland Wilson

2005 was the Centenary Year for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  It plays a vital role in Australia’s democracy by being a trusted provider of information about Australia. This role was described by Sir William Deane as being “… to hold a mirror to society so they could see themselves”.

Dennis Trewin

  • Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics since July 2000.
  • Prior to that he was Deputy Australian Statistician.
  • 1992 to 1995, Deputy Government Statistician in New Zealand.

Holds other senior appointments in Australia such as:

  • Electoral Commissioner
  • an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University.
  • Also a member of the Committee charged with responsibility for producing an independent report on the State of the Environment.


  • Dennis has been President of the International Statistical Institute having previously been Vice-President and President of the International Association of Survey Statisticians.
  • He is a past Editor of the International Statistical Review.
  • Is Chairman of the Global Executive Board of the International Comparison Program.
  • a member of the Bureau of the Conference of European.
  • Chairman of the Asia/Pacific Committee of Statistics.

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Updated:  6 July 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Foundation Director/ Page Contact:  Sir Roland Wilson Foundation