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INTRODUCTION (1999 -2000 COLLECTION)
16 Conceptually, some further differences exist between turnover on the old and current bases (particularly in relation to own account production of computer software, own account mineral exploration, and own account production of literary, entertainment or artistic originals). However, as these activities are relatively unimportant for manufacturing industries, no attempt has been made to measure them.
17 Commencing with estimates for 1997-98, under current international standards, contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) by manufacturing industries is being measured by the variable 'Industry value added' (IVA). Estimates for IVA measure the value added by an industry to the intermediate inputs used by that industry. Previously, the corresponding contribution to GDP was measured by the variable 'Industry gross product' (IGP). It should also be noted that IVA is not the same variable as 'Value added' which was published for manufacturing establishments until 1992-93.
18 Composition of IVA estimates and their relationship to IGP estimates are:
19 Commencing with the 1994-95 manufacturing collection, multi-establishment management units have been 'collapsed' for reporting purposes into single establishment management units, unless they had significant activity in more than one industry and/or State or Territory. The effect of this process is that most manufacturing businesses which previously reported for more than one establishment were asked to combine operations by those establishments into a single reporting unit. The effect of this on manufacturing statistics as contained in this publication has been minimal.
20 For the 1995-96 collection only, provision expenses for employee entitlements were excluded from wages and salaries. For all other years, these provision expenses are included in wages and salaries.
21 Periodic collections of the Retail and Wholesale Divisions of ANZSIC, conducted for the 1998-99 reference year, identified a number of businesses which were predominately manufacturers. A small number of these cases were determined to be significant in some manufacturing industries and were therefore added into the manufacturing collection for 1998-99. The effect of these additional units in published aggregates for 1998-99 have been calculated as adding 0.9% to employment and 0.8% to turnover for New South Wales but had no effect on total turnover or employment for the Australian Capital Territory. These businesses were included in the 1999-2000 manufacturing collection if they remained classified as manufacturers on the ABS business register.
EMPLOYMENT SIZE DATA
22 Summary of operations data at the industry subdivision level classified by the employment size of individual manufacturing establishments (see the Glossary for its definition) are presented in table 3. Similarly, exports of goods produced data at the industry subdivision level classified by the broad employment size of individual manufacturing establishments are presented in table 4. The statistics in these two tables relate only to those manufacturing establishments operating at 30 June 2000. As such, the figures presented represent a slightly different population from those presented in the other tables from the manufacturing collection. These other tables include data for those manufacturing establishments which operated at any time during 1999-2000.
23 The treatment of unincorporated joint ventures under the ABS's standard units definitions has an effect on the data when classified by employment size. This is because joint venture participants report details of turnover, but often have few or no employees or operating expenses. The labour for such operations is usually employed and paid for by the joint venture operator. Similarly, the operating expenses are usually reported by the joint venture operator. On the other hand, the operator does not report any details of turnover (unless it also happens to be a participant). If each of these joint venture operations were to be treated as a single business unit in the statistics, it is highly probable that the Metal product manufacturing industry (for New South Wales) would reflect a similar dominance pattern to the other manufacturing industries. In other words, in the statistics in tables 3 and 4, the participants in unincorporated joint ventures are recorded in the 0-4 persons employment size category, whereas the operators of the unincorporated joint ventures are recorded in larger employment size categories. This treatment affects the relative contribution of the various employment size categories for this industry.
EXPORTS BY MANUFACTURERS
24 All establishments included in the manufacturing collection were asked whether they exported and, if so, what percentage of their sales of goods produced plus transfers out of goods produced by the establishment for sale were exported by their business or an agent on their behalf. The data presented in table 4 are derived by applying the percentage of exports reported for each exporting unit and then aggregating that figure. The data in table 4 exclude those manufacturing establishments which operated during 1999-2000 but were not operating at 30 June 2000.
25 The statistics presented in table 4 for the value of exports by manufacturers or their agents are not intended to be directly comparable with the value of exports classified by manufacturing industry of origin as published by the ABS in international trade statistics. These latter statistics are intended to measure total exports regardless of which business or organisation does the exporting (and to identify the probable industry from which the goods originated), whereas the statistics in tables 4 and 5 only include exports directly undertaken by the manufacturer or by its agent.
26 The data in table 4 showing exports by manufacturers or their agents can be expected to show a much lower value than the exports data from the international trade series. The main reason is that for many exports of goods manufactured in Australia, the actual exporting activity is undertaken by a business other than the manufacturer. Also, the value of goods produced on a commission or fee basis for non-manufacturing businesses and which are then exported is not included in the data in tables 4 and 5. Examples of relevant commission work are the 'slaughtering fee' charged by an abattoir for processing livestock owned by a meat exporter and the 'tolling fee' charged by an aluminium smelter to process ores owned by other (e.g. mining) businesses. Also excluded from tables 4 and 5 are any exports by manufacturers of goods which were not produced by that manufacturer. These and other goods exported (e.g. re-exports) are included in the international trade data. Finally, differences in valuation of exports arise because the value of exports in the international trade series would include the value to the manufacturer plus profit margins for the exporter and for any intermediaries between the manufacturer and the exporter.
27 Investigations carried out by the ABS have shown that it is possible to produce some regional or sub-State estimates in survey collection years. Limited Statistical Division data are currently available from the 1997-98 and 1998-99 manufacturing surveys, on request, for a charge. Similar sub-State data from the 1999-2000 manufacturing survey, will be available later this year, after the release of the Manufacturing Industry, [State], 1999-2000 publication series. Regional or sub-State estimates will not be available from the 2000-01 manufacturing survey, for further information see the Appendix. For further details about the availability of sub-State data, please contact John Ridley on Sydney 02 9268 4541.
28 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
29 The Information Paper: Availability of Statistics Related to Manufacturing (Cat. no. 8205.0) outlines the vast amount of data that are published or available on request from the annual manufacturing industry collection, as well as data from other ABS collections.
30 A series of publications Manufacturing Industry, [State], 1999-2000 (Cat. nos 8221.1-8221.6) will be produced for each State. These publications are being released progressively.
31 Users may also wish to refer to the following publications:
BACK SERIES AND ADDITIONAL DATA
32 A considerable volume of data is available from the annual manufacturing collection. Firstly, a range of manufacturing industry statistics publications is available for previous years. In addition, more detailed information to satisfy individual user requirements may be available on request and for a charge. In general, this consists of finer industry dissections of data than that presented in the manufacturing series of publications. The information paper (Cat. no. 8205.0) referred to in paragraphs 29 and 31 provides more details.
33 Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between totals and the sums of the component items. Due to data being adjusted for lags in processing new businesses to the ABS business register (see paragraph 11), this ‘rounding rule’ also applies to employment counts.
34 Proportions, ratios and other calculated figures shown in this publication have been calculated using unrounded estimates and may be different from, but are more accurate than, calculations based on the rounded estimates.
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