Host Associations

The Statistics Society of Australia was founded in 1962 as a national “umbrella” organisation to support and further the work of state statistical societies already in existence, to establish a national journal and newsletter and to host national conferences. The national Society now represents Australian and overseas statisticians with state branches in six states and territories providing the focus and organisation of local activities.

The overall objective of the Society is to further the study, application and good practice of statistical theory and methods in all branches of learning and enterprise.

The New Zealand Statistical Association, founded in 1948, is New Zealand’s only association for professional statisticians. The association has over 400 individual members and is growing strongly. Many of its members are employed by universities, government departments, or research institutes, with growing participation by senior students, who are offered free membership for their first year. The constitutional aims and objectives of the association are the encouragement of theoretical and applied statistics in New Zealand. In 1992 the association agreed on a more comprehensive set of vision and mission statements including the short description:

The mission of the NZSA is to lead New Zealand to value and make intelligent use of statistical thinking and good statistical practice.


OZCOTS 2021 is again building on the success of the timing and format of OZCOTS 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016 as a conjoint event with the Australian and New Zealand Statistical Conference (ANZSC), to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia, with an overlap on Thursday 9th July.

Join us to advance statistics education, and to learn from the work and thoughts of esteemed colleagues. Every day the teaching and learning of statistics is becoming more important than ever to industry, government, business and for everyone in the society from cradle to nursing home. The roles of statistical understanding and statistical thinking are vital in all disciplines, increasingly driven by big data, evidence-based agendas, and technological advances which generate data as well as enabling more complex problem-solving, data visualisation and analysis. To avoid “lies, lies, big lies and statistics” we need to reach further in the society so that “lies” can be separated from “statistics”.