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8601.0 - Service Industries Statistics Newsletter , May 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/05/2005   
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Welcome
Service Industries Program
Television, Film and Video Production, 2002-03
Performing Arts, 2002-03
Upcoming Releases
Where can you find us???


Welcome

The main objective of the newsletter is to widely circulate ABS service industries developments, provide summaries of the results of recent releases and advise on future releases.

This newsletter also focuses on the service industries forward work program. While the program has been approved for 2004-05 and 2005-06, there is still uncertainty regarding the content of the subsequent years' program. The ABS is exploring the option of having a core industry collection to provide annual economy wide financial data, plus a rolling program of industry specific collections. It is expected that this will generate significant changes to the service industries work program commencing in 2006-07.

As part of this process the ABS will be engaging clients that may be affected by the changes. I would like to encourage clients to be proactive in this process and raise any issues or concerns they have as early on in the process as possible. This will maximise our capacity to effectively respond to your concerns. More detailed information about this process has been included below.

Since the release of the last newsletter the results of the Performing Arts and the Television, Film and Video Production surveys have been released. A summary of the results are detailed below.

In closing, I wish to thank the many clients that continue to give their valuable time to service industries staff discussing their respective industry issues.

Bob Harrison
Director
Goods and Services National Statistics Centre



Service Industries Program

The service industries program for both 2004-05 and 2005-06 have been approved.

Surveys to be conducted as part of the 2004-05 Service Industries work program include:
    (i) Sport services previously conducted in respect of 2000-01 and 1994-95

    (ii) Gambling services previously conducted in respect of 2000-01, 1997-98 and 1994-95

    (iii) Clubs (Hospitality) services previously conducted in respect of 2000-01, 1997-98 and 1994-95

    (iv) Pubs, Taverns and Bars services previously conducted in respect of 2000-01, 1997-98 and 1994-95
    The main purpose of these collections is to provide data in response to user needs for size, performance, and structure information (mainly financial and employment) on a regular basis, as well as selected activity measures of interest to clients. It also provides data which feeds into Input/Output tables and is used for annual benchmarking of economic activity by National Accounts.

    Phase 1 of testing for the 2004-05 surveys has been completed.

    For further information on these four surveys, contact David Cannington on (03) 9615 7338 or email david.cannington@abs.gov.au

    The program for 2005-06 includes the following industries:
      (i) Retail

      (ii) Wholesale
    Development work has commenced for surveys of businesses in the retail and wholesale industries. This work will include forms testing with respondents later in the year.

    The Retail Industry and Wholesale Industry Surveys are designed primarily to collect and disseminate comprehensive data on the size and structure of the wholesale and retail industries. These surveys were last run in respect of the 1998-99 financial year. Based on budget considerations, burden on businesses, and user discussions held to date, the likely outputs will include:
    • sales and margins data for around 100 products by industry class
    • state data for a limited number of products
    • detailed income and expense data by industry class
    • employment data by industry class
    • business size data by industry group

    Small area data (e.g. Local Government Area) will not be available. It is expected that results from the 2005-06 survey(s) will be available and published by December 2007.

    For further information on these two surveys, contact Gabrielle Robbie on (02) 6252 6133 or email gabrielle.robbie@abs.gov.au

    The service industries program for 2006-07 onwards is still subject to review.

    A recent assessment of client needs for annual data from businesses has highlighted the need for the ABS to rethink its annual collection program, as currently there is a degree of unmet demand in some areas. We will not have enough funds to maintain the current collection program and respond to these areas of unmet demand for data. Trade-offs will be required, where the frequency of some collections and the levels at which detail is available, could be reduced to free capacity to address these data needs.

    The ABS is exploring the option of having a core industry collection to provide annual economy wide financial data, plus a rolling program of industry specific collections to provide more detailed financial and geographic data, as well as commodity data.

    This project aims to integrate the current suite of annual accounting based business collections into a single system known as the Annual Integrated Collection (AIC). Some of the benefits of this integrated system include improved data quality and coherence across the range of collections the ABS undertakes and increased operational efficiencies.

    Current thinking is that any changes to the program of annual collections would be introduced from the 2006-07 reference year onwards. The client needs gathered to date are still subject to review and further refinement. There will be a phased transition to the new program, rather than introducing it all at once.

    Over the following months the ABS will release an information paper which will describe the key aspects of the AIC; make a preliminary assessment of the data requirements of the AIC; and seek to obtain feedback from clients that may be effected by changes to the collection. Users of the data and others will be invited to comment on any aspect of the collection. In particular, users will be asked to notify the ABS of any particular requirement that they have of the collection.

    Any feedback or questions on the service industries program should be directed to:

    Gabrielle Robbie
    Telephone: (02) 6252 6133
    Email: gabrielle.robbie@abs.gov.au


    Television, Film and Video Production, 2002-03

    The results of the Television, Film and Video Production survey were released on 28 July 2004 in Cat. no. 8679.0.

    This publication combined the results of Television Services and Film and Video Production for the first time. This survey was conducted by the ABS to provide a detailed measure of the performance and structure of television broadcasting and film and video production services businesses operating in Australia. The main focus of the survey was on understanding the composition of the income generated by these businesses, details of expenses incurred, and the characteristics of television, film and video productions. A state dimension is also presented.

    Television Services

    There were 9,094 employees working for 27 commercial free-to-air and 6 subscription television broadcasters at the end of June 2003.

    These businesses generated $5,158.8m in income and incurred $4,991.3m in expenses during 2002-03.

    Operating profit before tax was $207.4m, which represented an operating profit margin of 4.1%.

    The industry value added by commercial free-to-air and subscription television broadcasting businesses was $1,460.2m contributing the equivalent of 0.2% of Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2002-03.

    Film and Video Production Services

    At the end of June 2003 there were 2,174 film and video production services businesses with employment of 16,427 persons. These businesses generated $1,596.6m in income and incurred $1,504.8m in expenses during 2002-03.

    Operating profit before tax was $91.7m, which represented an operating profit margin of 5.9%.

    The industry value added by film and video production businesses was $668.2m contributing the equivalent of 0.09% of Australian GDP for 2002-03.


    Performing Arts, 2002-03

    The results of the Performing Arts survey were released on 3 September 2004 in Cat. no. 8697.0.

    This publication presents results of the 2002-03 Performing Arts Survey. This survey was conducted by the ABS to provide a detailed measure of the performance and structure of music and theatre production organisations and performing arts festivals. The main focus of the survey was on understanding the composition of the income generated by these organisations, details of expenses incurred, the characteristics of performing arts genres, the nature of 'for profit' and 'not for profit' organisations involved in these activities, and the number of attendances and performances at these activities. A state dimension is also presented.

    Music and Theatre Production

    At the end of June 2003 there were 865 music and theatre production organisations operating in Australia, comprising 657 for profits and 208 not for profits. These organisations had employment of 7,842 persons. During the month of June 2003, these organisations had 2,548 volunteers assist with music and theatre productions.

    During 2002-03 these organisations generated $622.1m in income and incurred $575.6m in expenses.

    Operating profit/surplus before tax was $46.5m which represented an operating profit margin/surplus of 10.7%.

    The industry value added (IVA) by music and theatre production organisations was $261.6m contributing the equivalent of 0.03% of Australian GDP for 2002-03.

    During 2002-03 there were 53,241 paid performances and 14.2 million paid attendances at various music and theatre productions.

    Performing Arts Festivals

    During 2002-03, there were 176 performing arts festivals operating for greater than two consecutive days. During the conduct of these festivals, 1,272 people were employed and there were 15,728 volunteers.

    Performing arts festivals generated $88.5m in income and incurred $82.8m in expenses during 2002-03.

    Operating profit/surplus before tax was $5.7m which represented an operating profit/surplus margin of 15.6%.

    During 2002-03 there were 23,138 paid performances and 1.5 million paid attendances at these performing arts festivals across Australia.

    For further information on these results, contact David Cannington on (03) 9615 7338 or email david.cannington@abs.gov.au


    Upcoming Releases

    The performing arts survey completed the releases of the 2002-03 service industries surveys.

    In the coming year, 2003-04 service industries results will be released with the following timing schedule.
    • Public Libraries (cat. no. 8561.0); expected to be released on 29 April 2005. These results will contain information about libraries. The publication will include information on the number and type of libraries; employment; income; expenses and selected performance ratios, with breakdowns of key characteristics by size and by State. Also includes: information on visits; borrowers; loans; library stock and technology facilities.
    • Museums, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8560.0); expected to be released on 27 May 2005. These results will contain information about museums. The publication will include information on the number and type of museums; employment; income; expenses and selected performance ratios, with breakdowns of key characteristics by size and by State.
    • Accommodation, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8695.0); expected to be released on 26 July 2005. These results will contain information about the accommodation industry. Data will include: industry size; employment; income; expenses; with selected information broken down by business size and by State.
    • Cafes and Restaurants, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8655.0); expected to be released on 28 June 2005. These results will contain information on the number of businesses in the cafes, restaurants and catering industry. The publication will include information on the type of business; employment characteristics by males and females full-time, part-time and casual and main occupation; income by takings from meals, takeaway, catering, sales of beer, wine and spirits; and expenses by labour costs, purchases and other selected expenses. Other information on business size, state and territory comparisons and performance ratios are also published.
    • Tourism Marketing Expenditure, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8691.0); expected to be released on 14 June 2005. These results will contain information on the level of private sector marketing spent on attracting both inbound and domestic tourism to Australia.
    For further information on these results, contact William Milne on (03) 6915 7862.


    Where can you find us???

    A Service Industries Statistics theme page containing relevant information from the ABS is included on the ABS web site. The service industries theme page highlights the type and range of data available and will be updated to highlight new data releases as they become available.


    Contact Details

    For information on the development, processing and output of services collections, contact:

    Director:
    Soula Macfarlane
    Telephone: (03) 9615 7315
    Email:soula.macfarlane@abs.gov.au
    Fax: (03) 9615 7917
    Address:
    Service Industries Statistics
    Australian Bureau of Statistics
    GPO Box 2796Y
    MELBOURNE VIC 3001
    ABS Internet site: http://www.abs.gov.au

    For information on the program of service industries collections, contact:

    Assistant Director:
    Gabrielle Robbie
    Telephone: (02) 6252 6133
    Email: gabrielle.robbie@abs.gov.au
    Fax: (02) 6252 7004
    Address:
    Service Industries Statistics
    Australian Bureau of Statistics
    Locked Bag 10
    BELCONNEN ACT 2616
    ABS Internet site: http://www.abs.gov.au

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