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”.
- 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.