Dennis Trewin

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Dennis J. Trewin was the Australian Statistician, the head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, between July 2000 and January 2007.[1][2]

Trewin joined the ABS in 1966 as a Statistics cadet.[3] Between 1992 and 1995 he was the Deputy Government Statistician in Statistics New Zealand [4] and a Deputy Australian Statistician from 1995 to 2000, when he was appointed as the Australian Statistician.[5]

Dennis Trewin was the driving force behind the ABS's pioneering 'Measures of Australia's Progress' (MAP), a new system of integrated national progress measurement, linking economic, social, environmental and governance dimensions of progress, a project which gained wide respect among other national statistical offices and helped bring about the OECD's Global Project, 'Measuring the Progress of Societies'.--

He holds other senior appointments in Australia such as non-judicial member of the Australian Electoral Commission and an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University. He has held the office of President of the Statistical Society of Australia.[5]

Internationally, in 2005 he completed a term as 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.[5] He is Chairman of the Global Executive Board at the World Bank, Chairman of the Asia/Pacific Committee of Statistics, and board member of Institute of Social Research.[5]

Trewin holds honorary life memberships of the International Statistical Institute and the Statistical Society of Australia.[6] He was listed as one of Australia's Smart 100 in a 2003 poll run by the Australian magazine The Bulletin.[7]


  1. ^ Tim Colebatch (2006-09-02). "Mining boom fails to deliver". The Age. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Statistical News Tasmania: Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin Retires". Newsletter, Australian Bureau of Statistics. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Senior Staff Biographies - Dennis Trewin, Australian Statistician". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Biography for Dennis Trewin". Observatory Pascal. 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Speaker profile: Dennis Trewin". OECD. November 2004. Retrieved 2006-06-25. 
  6. ^ "The Australian & The Scanlon Foundation presenter profile: Dennis Trewin" (PDF). College of Arts & Social Sciences, Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  7. ^ The "Bulletin Smart 100" (broken link). The Bulletin. Retrieved 2006-06-25. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
William McLennan
Australian Statistician
2000 – 2007
Succeeded by
Brian Pink