Mr Brian Pink
18 August 2010 10:20:34
Brian took up his appointment as Australian Statistician on Monday, 5 March 2007.
His career in official statistics is a long one, starting in Australia with the then Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics in Sydney in 1966. Over the intervening years, his career has taken him to Canberra then to Perth, back to Canberra and prior to his current appointment, he was Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Statistics New Zealand from late October 2000 to 2 March 2007.
He is chair of the Committee on Statistics at the OECD, Vice chair of the United Nations Statistics Commission, Vice chair of the Committee on Statistics of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, a member of the Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians, and an ex officio member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council. He is also an Australian Electoral Commissioner.
Brian is passionate about the importance of the role of official statistics in society. While government use is one very important purpose, he reminds us that open access to official statistics provides businesses and citizens with a window on the work and performance of government itself.