The Statistical 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 first state statistical society was the Statistical Society of New South Wales (see ) which was founded in 1947. Henry Oliver Lancaster was one of the founders of this Society and his contributions are detailed in . The Statistical Society of Australia grew out of the state societies and these are now represented by six branches: the Canberra Branch; the New South Wales Branch; the Queensland Branch; the South Australian Branch; the Victorian Branch; and the Western Australian Branch. Total membership of the Statistical Society of Australia now stands at around 1000.
The Society, soon after it was founded, organised a number of Sections on specific statistical topics. These have the following aims:
The Australian Journal of Statistics has been published since 1959. In 1998 the Statistical Society of Australia and the New Zealand Statistical Association amalgamated their two journals and from that time jointly published The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics.
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