Applied Statistics and Policy Analysis Conference, 2019  
05 - 06 September
The Convention Centre
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
Welcome to the 2nd Applied Statistics and Policy Analysis Conference

Applied statistics and data science play a vital role in the analysis and evaluation of policies in various fields including social sciences, economics, health sciences, population studies etc. On the other hand, with society apparently expecting more and more from all three levels of government; it becomes increasingly important that both private and public policy should be based on reliable and up-to-date data that covers the important issues. This conference aims to promote research collaborations and exchange ideas between data scientists, applied statisticians and data modellers who will detail the latest innovations in research to gather and disseminate information from small to big data settings, and from policy analysts who will describe how they use existing information from increasing big data environments and indicate areas in which there need to be methodological and technological developments. Another aim is to establish connections between researchers at tertiary institutions and working in industry in Australia and overseas. This conference is organised by the Data Science Research Unit (DSRU) within the School of Computing and Mathematics in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences at the Charles Sturt University (CSU).

This conference is sponsored by a number of key organisations such as the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), Brock University, University of Canberra, and Charles Sturt University.

Topics of interest cover all aspects of statistics, data science and policy analysis methods. This may include, but it is not limited to:
  • Applied statistics and Bayesian modelling
  • Business statistics and forecasting
  • Computational statistics
  • Health statistics
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Sample surveys/methodology
  • Small area estimation
  • Social statistics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data analytics
  • Business analytics
  • Data mining
  • Data science
  • Image processing
  • Microdata analysis
  • Microsimulation modelling
  • Business policy analysis
  • Natural resources management and ecological sustainability
  • Public policy
  • Policy analysis and evaluation
  • Social capital, social inclusion and economic indices
  • Socio-economic policy development - including the Aboriginal issues and policy research, etc.
  • Geospatial and environmental modelling
  • Agricultural modelling and policy

The theme of ASPAC'19 is "Effective policy through the use of big data, accurate estimates and modern computing tools and statistical modelling".

You are invited to present a full paper or an abstract, or simply to attend. All submissions will be thoroughly peer reviewed and accepted full papers will be published as proceedings by the logo2 Extended versions of selected best papers will be recommended for publication in supporting prestigious international journal: International Journal of Microsimulation or Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.
Keynote speakers:
Professor Dennis Trewin, Former Australian Statistician (from 2000-2007) at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian National University (ANU)
Professor Robert Tanton, Director of the National Centre of Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis, University of Canberra
Professor Chang-Tsun Li, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, UK & Director of Research, Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation, Deakin University
Professor David Balding, Director of the Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG) and Professor of Statistical Genomics, University of Melbourne
Professor Susan Wilson, Senior Statistical Consultant in UNSW Stats Central, University of New South Wales & Emeritus Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute, ANU
Professor S (Subu) V Subramanian, Director of a Harvard University-wide Initiative on Applied Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences & Founding Director of Graduate Studies for the interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences, Harvard University, USA
Invited speakers:
Dr Karen Malam, Director of Regions Research, within the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Dr David Mitchell, Director of Infrastructure and Corridor Analysis, Portfolio Research & Coordination Division at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Prof. Richard Duncan,Centenary Professor in Conservation Ecology at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University Canberra
Dr Siu-Ming Tam, Chief Methodologist, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong
Associate Professor Ben Phillips, The Centre for Social Research and Methods within ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University
Deb Slinger, Director of Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute and Southern Cropping within the Department of Primary Industries (DPI)-Agriculture at the NSW-DPI, Wagga Wagga
Awards and Travel grants
There is a number of (i.e., up to 10) awards and travel grants available for students/early career researchers. Higher degree by research and early-career researchers less than five years from PhD, are invited to apply for these travel awards. If you are a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher or early-career academic and you are giving a full paper, you are eligible to apply. Female students/researchers and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Selected applicants will receive up to $1,000, which can be used for any combination of fees, travel and accommodation costs, subject to receipts.

The deadline for applying has been extended to the (17 June 2019) 27 July 2019 (which is also now the extended deadline to submit the full paper). To apply: 1) submit your paper at the dedicated submission page on and note your ASPAC2019 submission number, [say e.g., 17]; and 2) then just send an email on subject "Awards and Travel grants application: ASPAC2019 submission 17” with a copy of your academic C.V. including the studentship/early-career researcher information (i.e. student id/PhD conferred date and university) as attached files to the Conference Administrator email:

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