The work of OESR is governed by several pieces of legislation that have a direct bearing on its statistical activities and functions. The most important of these is the Statistical Returns Act 1896 (Qld), which is an Act to facilitate the collection of official statistics by the Queensland Government Statistician.
Under this Act, the Queensland Government Statistician may collect and publish statistics in relation to: population and vital statistics; immigration and emigration; social statistics; factories and manufacturing industries; wages, employment and unemployment; tourism, recreational and household services; imports and exports; shipping; transport and freight; banking, insurance, finance and business services; land tenure and occupancy; agricultural, pastoral and kindred industries; mining and mining industries; retail and distributive industries; forestry; fisheries; local government; water conservation and supply; production and supply of energy, including electricity and gas; and any other prescribed matters.
All information collected by the Government Statistician is bound by the secrecy provisions of the Act. This prohibits any person divulging or communicating any information obtained under the Act except in accordance with a direction from the Government Statistician.
|Statistical Returns Act 1896 (Qld)||(335 kB)|
|Statistical Returns Regulation 2001 (Qld)||(315 kB)|
|Statistics (Arrangements with States) Act 1956 (Cwlth)||(75 kB)|
|Commonwealth and State Statistical Agreement Act 1958 (Qld)||(345 kB)|
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Last reviewed 31 August 2009