5.1. ABS government finance statistics are disseminated from the output data base, which is edited and updated after each collection phase, as discussed in chapter 4. Dissemination is undertaken in the form of publications and provision of data from the data base on request (subject to ABS confidentiality provisions), by telephone, on paper or in electronic form. These non-publication forms of dissemination are described collectively as ‘special data services’.
5.2. This chapter describes the statistical output of the GFS system and the methods by which it is disseminated.
5.3. As discussed in chapter 4, the main types of output available from the ABS GFS system are referred to as ‘forward’, ‘preliminary’ and ‘final’ government finance statistics. These terms are used to denote the nature of the data for any given year over successive collection phases. For any given financial year, the GFS cycle progresses through forward estimates, the replacement of forward estimates with preliminary estimates of ‘actual’ data, and the replacement of preliminary estimates with final statistics of ‘actual’ data.