Martin Brady

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Geostatistics – Adding value to statistics with geospatial data

Martin Brady, Director of Geospatial Solutions Section – Australian Bureau of Statistics 


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Things You Will Learn

  1. The importance of integrating statistical and geospatial information.
  2. The principles of the Statistical Spatial Framework for Australia and international applications.
  3. How the Australian Bureau of Statistics is adding value to statistics with geospatial data.
  4. The future use of address and business registers

Target Audience

Government and non-government interested in integrating statistical and geospatial information.

Presentation Overview

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recognised some time ago the need for better integration of geospatial and statistical information and responded by developing the Statistical Spatial Framework.  This framework provides Australia with a common approach to connecting people-centric (socio-economic) information to a location, and improves the accessibility and usability of geospatially-enabled information.  There are five basic principles of the framework: use of common/national geospatial infrastructure; geocode statistics at the unit record level; use common geography for release of data; interoperable metadata is critical; and, make the data created accessible and usable.  These principles have highlighted a range of challenges and opportunities for the statistical and geospatial communities, both domestically and internationally.     The ABS has been working on a number of practical projects to add value to statistics with geospatial data.  These projects include population and other data on grids, Land Accounts, land use change based on cadastre change, investigations into backyard sizes and access to greenspace.  For the future we plan to incorporate geospatial information with statistical data using ABS address and business registers as the primary link.


Martin Brady has a long history working to integrate statistical and geospatial information so that it can be used effectively in the decision making process. Martin has worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for over 20 years, including secondments assisting State Government in Australia and the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom.

He has had a strong involvement and interest in Australia’s Population Census and has worked on every one since the 1991 Census. He has also worked on a range of other statistical, analytical and spatial projects with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost all of which have incorporated a strong geospatial component.

He currently heads up the ABS Geospatial Solutions section and lead the Statistical Spatial Framework project in the ABS. This Framework is helping to enhance the geospatial enablement of data within the ABS, as well as more broadly within Australia and Internationally.