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8221.2.55.001 - Manufacturing Industry, Victoria, 2001-02  
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  • Explanatory Notes

Released 31/03/2006



This release presents

  • state and territory estimates of key variables, at the industry class level, and
  • regional estimates of key variables, at the industry subdivision level

for the manufacturing industry in Victoria from the 2001-02 Economic Activity Survey, compiled using new statistical infrastructure. Estimates for Victoria at the industry subdivision level for 2001-02 were included in Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 2001-02 and 2002-03 (cat. no. 8221.0), which was released on 17 December 2004.


The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) is used in the design of the Economic Activity Survey. The ANZSIC also provides the structure for presenting data about the manufacturing industry.

The ANZSIC consists of four levels of industry classification, to accommodate both broad analysis and fine dissection of statistical data about the Australian economy. The four levels constitute a hierarchy, Division being the broadest classification level, followed by Subdivision, Group and Class as increasingly detailed dissections.

Each division is identified by an alphabetical character. The division code for Manufacturing is C. Each subdivision is represented by a two digit code and each group by a three digit code. Each class is represented by a four digit code.

An example of the four levels for manufacturing and their codes is given below.
SubdivisionMetal product manufacturing27
GroupIron and steel manufacturing271
ClassSteel pipe and tube manufacturing2713


For definitions of the data variables , please see the Glossary, from the Explanatory Notes tab, in Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 2001-02 and 2002-03 .


The new statistical infrastructure was described in Information Paper: Improvements in ABS Economic Statistics [Arising from The New Tax System](cat. no. 1372.0), released on 6 May 2002. In particular,
  • the Australian Business Number (ABN) is now the primary basis for the statistical units used to collect the data.
  • for those businesses where the ABN unit is not suitable for ABS statistical purposes, the ABS maintains its own statistical structure; these are typically large, complex and diverse businesses.
  • for all other businesses, the industry to which they are classified is mainly based on the activity reported to the Australian Taxation Office when they registered for an ABN.
  • the types of units now used have thereby fundamentally changed, from the 'establishment' to a units model which is not based on a business's physical location.

In addition,
  • data directly collected by the ABS are now supplemented by Business Income Tax (BIT) information supplied to the ABS by the Australian Taxation Office.
  • data for non-employing businesses are now included.

Effectively, a new statistical series has commenced with the 2001-02 collection. Hence, extreme caution should be exercised in any comparison with the previous release of these data, which related to 1996-97.


The regions for which data are presented are Statistical Divisions, as defined in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (cat. no. 1216.0).

To facilitate the production of regional estimates, all manufacturing businesses which received ABS mail out questionnaires were also asked to provide key information in respect of all of their physical locations. The contribution of individual smaller businesses was mainly derived from their BIT data, and each such business was assumed to operate from only one location.


Employment estimates are not available for regions in Victoria, due to methodological problems with deriving them from the taxation system data used.

Data at finer levels of industry or geographic detail may be available on request and for a charge. Please contact John Ridley, on (02) 9268 4541 or


State and territory level data may be different from data for 2001-02 published in Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 2001-02 and 2002-03. This can occur because the estimates in this release
  • may reflect revisions made since the data were originally published;
  • were compiled using census methodology, compared to the survey methodology used for the publication above.

The regional data presented here might not add to the state totals for 2001-02 published in Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 2001-02 and 2002-03. This can occur because the estimates in this release
  • exclude the activity of any non-manufacturing locations of predominantly manufacturing businesses;
  • reflect independently determined industry classification of the activities at the individual manufacturing locations;
  • may reflect revisions made since the data were originally published;
  • make more extensive use of BIT data under the census methodology adopted.

Similarly, regional data presented here might not add to the state totals in the industry class data presented elsewhere in this release, for the first two (of the four) reasons given above.

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