The NIASRA Fellows Meetings aim to provide an ongoing opportunity for researchers actively working in areas of interest to the Centre to present both work in progress and recent research results to an audience of fellow researchers and senior professionals who are also working in these areas.


These meetings provide a high level forum for the dissemination of this research as well as the opportunity for stimulating and constructive discussion and debate on issues that are raised as a consequence.

Ideally, participation in the Fellows Meetings should lead to the generation of useful inputs for further research. In this spirit, presentations at the meetings can therefore be relatively 'technical'.


Participation in the Fellows Meetings is by invitation, with a planned maximum of 25 participants at any one time. There are four presentations at each meeting, with two meetings held a year. All participants are encouraged to make a presentation at a Meeting.

The choice of topic is entirely up to the individual concerned, but ideally should be in an area of interest to the Centre, i.e. related to any combination of applied statistical inference, statistical methodology, survey and census methodology and the methodology of official statistics. 

If you would like to be included in the invitation to the meetings, please email Angela Fiakos.


Meetings are presently held from 9.45 am (coffee at 9:30) to 4:30 pm at Goulburn Soldiers Club, 15 Market Street, Goulburn.

Lunch and morning and afternoon tea are provided.

Goulburn has been chosen as the venue because it represents a location that is (very roughly) approximately equidistant in terms of real travel time from Canberra, Wollongong and Sydney.

Past meetings

The G38 Research Fellows Meeting will be held at the Goulburn Soldiers Club on 1 April 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19).

Please email Angela Fiakos on to register your interest and to receive further information about future Research Fellows Meetings. 



Goulburn 34 (April 18 2018)

Mossamet Kamrun Nesa (University of Wollongong), Robert Clark (Australian National University), Carole Birrell (University of Wollongong)
Estimation of Contingency Tables for Small Areas using Multi-Level Loglinear Models

Oksana Honchar (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Exploring state space modelling approach to measuring an impact of transformation on ABS time series

Yan-Xia Lin (University of Wollongong)
Reviewing the Methods of Estimating the Density Function Based on Masked Data

Rachel Barker (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Conditional Selection: two stage selection and other extensions

Goulburn 33 (November 1 2017)

Stephen Horn (Chair, Official Statistics Section, SSA)
On surveys in Official Statistics: State spaces or space stations

Pavel Krivitsky (NIASRA, University of Wollongong)
Exponential Random Graph Models for Multi-Layer Networks

Fiona Steel and Paul Clarke (London School of Economics & Political Science, University of Essex)
Modelling within-household associations in household panel studies

Margo Barr (Sax Institute)
Current challenges and opportunities of an ageing longitudinal study

Goulburn 32 (February 22 2017)

Chris Skinner (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Using Paradata in Survey Data Analysis to Compensate for Measurement Error

Stephen Haslett (The Australian National University, Canberra)
Cloning Models - Something for free?

Robert Clark (University of Wollongong)
Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Complex Outcome-Dependent Sample Designs

Oksana Honchar (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Statistical impact measurement with state space modelling approach

Sydney Business School G31 (November 2, 2016)

Ian Marschner (Macquarie University)
Log-binomial regression and its applications to serial survey data

Paul Malcolm (Cyber & Crypto-Mathematics Research, Defence Science and Technology Group)
Modelling and estimation with higher-order Markov chains observed through arbitrary disturbance models

Marijka Batterham (University of Wollongong)
Current issues in the analysis of weight loss trials

Sandy Burden (University of Wollongong)
Exceedance set prediction for spatial environmental processes

Goulburn 30 (June 8, 2016)

Ken Russell (University of Wollongong)
Experimental Design for Generalized Linear Models

Edward Szoldra (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
The Design of the Australian Population Survey

James Brown (University of Technology Sydney)
Flexible Modelling of Small Area Counts Using Log-Gamma Random Effects

Yue Ma (University of Wollongong)
A New Algorithm for Protecting Aggregate Business Microdata via a Remote Server

Goulburn 28 (August 19, 2015)

Robert Clark (University of Wollongong)
Modelling the Relationship between Leaf Chemistry and Koala Population Density

Alice Richardson (University of Canberra)
Enhanced prediction of infectious diseases though routine pathology data

John Newman (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Protecting aggregate business microdata at the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Marcelo Esteban Munoz (PhD student, University Hamburg, Germany)
Using Spatial Microsimulation for the Estimation of Heat Demand

Goulburn 27 (March 18, 2015)

Ray Chambers (University of Wollongong)
Survey Sampling In Official Statistics - Some Thoughts On Directions

Andrew Zammit-Mangion (University of Wollongong)
Causal spatial models

Hanlin Shang (Australian National University)
Some recent development in functional time-series forecasting

Nikos Tzavidis (University of Southampton)
Microsimulation via Quantiles for Domain Prediction

Goulburn 26 (November 26, 2014)

Siu-Ming Tam (Australian Bureau of Statistics )
A Bayesian Framework for Big Data with Application to the Analysis of Satellite Imagery Data

Ben Phillips (National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling)
Small Area Modelling of the Federal Budget Impact

Sandy Burden (University of Wollongong)
Constraint Choice for Spatial Microsimulation

Garth Tarr (Australian National University)
Visualising variable selection: the mplot package

Goulburn 25 (August 20, 2014)

Professor Alan Welsh (Australian National University)
Colours and Cocktails: Compositional Data Analysis

Walt Davis (University of Wollongong)
Identification and specification testing for complicated factor analysis models

Dr Bronwyn Loong (Australian National University)
Disclosure Control using Partially Synthetic Data for Large-Scale Health Surveys, with Applications to CanCORS

Dr Michael Stewart (University of Sydney)
Two-component mixtures: some theory and applications

Goulburn 22 (August 14, 2013)

Prof. Alan Welsh (The Australian National University)
The Prediction of random effects in hurdle models

Dr Philip Kokic and Dr Shuvo Bakar (CSIRO)
A spatio-dynamic model for assessing frost risk in south-eastern Australia

Payam Mokhtarian (University of Wollongong)
Outlier Robust Black Bootstrap Fitting of Linear Mixed Models - An Application to Small Area Estimation

Sumonkanti Das (University of Wollongong)
Poverty Mapping for Bangladesh

Goulburn 21 (March 6, 2013)

Prof. Peter Lane (The Australian National University)
Handling missing data in clinical trials

Simon Diffey (University of Wollongong)
A new REML (PX)EM algorithm for linear mixed models and factor analytic mixed models

Distinguished Prof. Noel Cressie (University of Wollongong)
Inference for Count Data using the Spatial Random Effects Model

Benedict Cusack (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Weighting and Non-Response Analysis for the Australian Health Survey

Photos of the 21st Goulburn Fellows Research Meeting

GOULBURN 19 (AUGUST 15, 2012)

James Brown (University of Southampton)
Towards a Rolling Census Design for England and Wales

Christian Robert (University of Paris-Dauphine)
Rao-Blackwellisation of sampling schemes

Alan Welsh (The Australian National University)
Robust Model-based Sampling Designs

Robert Tanton (University of Canberra)
Statistical testing of community surveys in the Murray Darling Basin  

GOULBURN 18 (MARCH 21, 2012)

Stephen Horn, (FaHCSIA)
Why performance indexes fail?

Ray Lindsay (Australian Tax Office)
Sample selection bias - and implications for predictive model building

Ray Chambers (Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology UoW)
M-Quantile Regression for Binary Data with Application to Small Area Estimation

Pramod Adhikari (AIHW)
2010 Australian National Infant feeding Survey: development, implementation and results 


Simon Eckermann (University of Wollongong)
Presenting evidence and summary measures to best inform societal decisions when comparing multiple strategies

Murray Aitkin (University of Melbourne)
Bayesian nonparametrics in contingency table and survey analysis

Mark Fielding (University of Wollongong)
Statistics in GPUs

Timo Schmid (University of Trier)
Spatial robust small area estimation applied to business data

GOULBURN 15 (MARCH 16, 2011)

Goulburn 15 was a special event, A symposium to honour Dr Ken Brewer on the occasion of his 80th Birthday. The event was held at ANU in Canberra, instead of the usual Goulburn location. The meeting recognised the significant contributions to the discipline and profession of statistics in Australia and internationally that Ken has made over a career spanning 60 years. He has developed innovative theory and practical methods in sample design and estimation, time series methods and the foundations of statistics inference. His career includes major appointments at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Australian National University. Ken has also made a long term contribution to the Statistical Society of Australia. The symposium was attended by over 50 people.

Alastair Scott (University of Auckland)
Pseudo-likelihood methods for survey data

Murray Aitkin (University of Melbourne)
Bridging the gap - Bayesian contributions to surveys sampling inference

Alan Welsh (The Australian National University)
Behind the elephants

Robert Clark (University of Wollongong)
Sample Design using Imprecise Design Data


Professor Matt Wand (University of Wollongong)
Variational Approximations in Semiparametric Regression

Professor Chris Field (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Statistical Issues in Fisheries and Marine Ecology

Craig McLaren (Office of National Statistics, United Kingdom)
Issues in Retail Trade in the UK

Dr George Sofronov (University of Wollongong)
Spatial small area estimation: comparison of different approaches

GOULBURN 7 (JULY 30, 2008)

Ross Sparks and Chris Okugami (CSIRO Mathematical & Information Sciences)
Data on vehicle crashes of any significance are reported in police reports

Matt Wand (University of Wollongong)
Smoothing and Graphical Models

Phil Kokic (ANU and ABARE)
Conditional Forecasting of Quantiles using a State Space Model

Alexa Olczyk and Steve Lane (ABS)
Refining the Stratification for the Established House Price Index

GOULBURN 6 (MARCH 19, 2008) 


John Rayner (University of Newcastle)
**my brother* is an hairy man, but I am a smooth man*

Milorad Kovacevic (Statistics Canada)
Regression analysis of linked survey files

Pramod Adhikari (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Experimental estimates of adult literacy for Local Government areas

Ray Chambers (University of Wollongong)
Measurement error in auxiliary information


Elvezio Ronchetti (University of Geneva)
Modelling Interest Rates

Nicole Watson (University of Melbourne)
Evaluation of Alternative Longitudinal Income Imputation Methods: The HILDA Experience

Eric Beh (University of Western Sydney)
Some Issues Concerning Categorical Data Analysis

David Griffiths (University of Wollongong)
The Thrown Coin: Who Gives a Toss? Binary Regression Design: Some Unresolved Issues

GOULBURN 4 (JULY 11, 2007)

Janice Wooton (ABS)
Parameter Estimation Using Confidentialised Census Count Data: Measuring the Information Loss

Janice Wooton (ABS)
Small Area Estimation: Issues Facing a National Statistical Office

Hooshang Talebi (University of Isfahan)
Optimal Bayesian Design for Small Experiments Applied to Simple Logistic Regression Models

Matt Wand (University of Wollongong)
Highest Density Difference Region Estimation with Application to Flow Cytometric Data

Robert Clark (University of Wollongong)
Adaptive Calibration for Prediction of Finite Population Totals

GOULBURN 3 (MARCH 21, 2007)

Daniel Elazar (ABS)
Summarising the Quality of Small Area Estimates: An ABS perspective

Stephen Horn (FaCSIA)
Longitudinal Estimation

James Chipperfield (ABS)
Designing the Missing Data Mechanism for Split Questionnaire Surveys

Alan Welsh (Australian National University)
Random Effect and Transformation Models for Clustered Data


Soft copy documents are not available for 2007 meetings.


Bill Gross (ABS)
Replication Variance Estimation

Ken Brewer (Australian National University)
Signal Extraction using ARIMA Models

Simon Barry, Emma Lawrence and Emma Knight (BRS)
Statistical Applications to Fisheries Data

Phil Kokic (ABARE)
Rural Vulnerability Indexes


Suojin Wang (Texas A&M University)
Maximum Likelihood With Auxiliary Information

Taprabatha Maiti (Iowa State University)
Using Neural Net Imputation in the National Resources Inventory Surveys

Hukum Chandra (University of Southampton)
Small Area Estimation for Business Surveys

Ross Sparks (CSIRO)
Surveillance Using Survey Data


Soft copy documents are not available for 2006 meetings.