1218.0 - Standard Economic Sector Classifications of Australia (SESCA), 2002  
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International sector classifications


1.5. Use of internationally accepted standards assists in ensuring that statistics are comparable across all countries that apply the standards. The standards are developed in consultation with national statistical agencies, including the ABS, and other bodies with an interest in internationally comparable statistics. Like most national statistical agencies, the ABS applies international statistical standards to a wide range of statistics.

1.6 . Most of the classifications discussed in this publication are based on classifications included in the System of National Accounts 1993 (SNA93) (1). SNA93 provided the basis for the 1998 version of SISCA, and for classifications used in the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) fifth edition Balance of Payments Manual (BPM5) (2) and the IMF's Government Finance Statistics Manual (3). The classifications in this publication include elements drawn from all three of these international standards.


    (1) Commission of the European Communities, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations & World Bank, System of National Accounts 1993, printed in Canada, 1993.

    (2) International Monetary Fund, Balance of Payments Manual, Fifth Edition, 1993, Washington D.C., 1993.

    (3) International Monetary Fund, Government Finance Statistics Manual, 2001, Washington D.C., 2001.

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