This publication presents estimates of the economic and financial performance of businesses and other public and private sector organisations involved in the provision of community services, in respect of the 2008-09 financial year. These data are compiled from a directly collected survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This is the third ABS survey of community services businesses and organisations with the previous collections being conducted in respect of 1999-2000 and 1995-96.
WHAT'S NEW IN THIS ISSUE
Users are advised not to make historical comparisons with previous iterations of this survey, as this survey was not designed to support accurate estimates of change over time. Please refer to Technical Note 2 (paragraph 18) regarding historical comparisons.
Two views of community services statistics are presented in this publication:
- an activity view in Chapter 1. This view reflects expenditure on community services activities by all businesses and organisations in scope of the collection. Activity data are classified according to the National Classification of Community Services (refer to Glossary for further information).
- an industry view in Chapters 2 to 5. This view presents data for businesses and organisations whose predominant activity is the provision of community services. Industry data are classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition (cat. no. 1292.0).
The ABS welcomes comments and suggestions from users regarding future surveys of community services. These comments should be addressed to the Director, Annual Integrated Collections Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 796, Sydney, NSW 2001.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.