1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Jun 2008  
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Update on 2008-09 Service Industries Surveys

The ABS is planning to conduct a survey of community services industries in respect of 2008-09 financial year, covering child care, accommodation for the aged, and other residential and non-residential care in both the government and non-government sectors. The Goods and Services National Statistics Centre (GSNSC) has commenced consultation with stakeholders in late 2007 and this will continue up until mid 2008.

The purpose of consultation is to develop a common understanding between the ABS and key clients and stakeholders for each survey. This process aims to identify and prioritise the content, accuracy, scope, and significant issues that could impact on the survey development, implementation or output.

Due to financial constraints, the ABS will not be conducting the previously advertised surveys of Pubs, Taverns and Bars, Clubs (Hospitality), and Public Libraries and Archives during the 2007-08 financial year. The ABS has informed the clients, who contributed to the development of these surveys, of this decision.

In respect of public libraries, archives, and museums surveys, the ABS consulted the major clients and stakeholders requesting input into the decision making process. The final outcome of this process was to cease the public libraries and archives survey as it is feasible to access data for this collection through administrative sources.

The GSNSC will also be undertaking a complete industry statistics review in the 2008-09 financial year. The review will be conducted from the perspective of users / clients as well as from a statistical need perspective. This review will facilitate better understanding of client requirements including the priorities and the uses of the data.

If you would like to contribute to the development of the Community Services Survey or require further information on any of the above please contact Melanie Taylor, Director, GSNSC on (02) 6252 7495 or email service.industries.program@abs.gov.au.