ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents estimates of the economic and financial performance in 2006-07 of the Australian manufacturing industry. The estimates are compiled from the ABS Economic Activity Survey (EAS) and from business tax data reported to the Austalian Taxation Office.
CHANGES TO THIS PUBLICATION
As foreshadowed in the previous issue, the estimates in this publication are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition for the first time. Previous issues were compiled using the 1993 version of the ANZSIC. ANZSIC 2006 was adopted to provide a more contemporary industrial classification system, taking into account issues such as changes in the structure and composition of the economy, changing user demands, and compatibility with major international classification standards.
The methodology used to produce these estimates has also substantially changed, notably, the way in which business tax data are used. See Technical Note 1 for details.
For these reasons, a new statistical series has commenced with the 2006-07 collection.
This publication includes key data at industry subdivision level for 2004-05 and 2005-06 compiled using the new methodology and on a 2006 ANZSIC basis, as an aid to analysis. For details see Explanatory Notes paragraph 23 and Technical Note 1 paragraph 22.
Industry class data at a national level, and industry subdivision data at a state level are available in this publication for 2006-07 only. This is due to the limitations of applying the new methodology and classification standards to produce detailed historical data. Selected additional time series information may be available on request.
As a result of changes to the ABS economic surveys work program, this publication will not be produced for the 2007-08 reference year. For 2007-08 the number of manufacturers selected in EAS will decrease. National estimates at the ANZSIC class and subdivision levels for states will, as a consequence, not be compiled from the survey estimates, as the sample will not be large enough to support reliable estimates to these levels. The ABS will be investigating whether it is able to model these detailed estimates utilising administrative data, data collected in EAS and the rich body of historical data from previous surveys for which the survey samples for manufacturing were denser.
Manufacturing estimates will continue to be released in Australian Industry, (ABS cat. no. 8155.0), which supports national ANZSIC subdivision and state divisional estimates.
Manufacturing sub-state estimates of employment, wages and salaries, and sales of goods and services for 2006-07 will be made available in the near future as additional data cubes to this release.
INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON-LINE
The text components of this publication are available free on-line. A PDF publication and extended data spreadsheets are also available free on-line. Further information on the ABS and its products is available on the ABS website.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Phillip Lui on Sydney (02) 9268 4269.