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5216.0 - Australian National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2000  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/11/2000   
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08 Communications

08.1 Postal services

Description

14.138 The scope of this item is household purchases of domestic and international postal and courier services, and the hire of mail boxes and mail bags.

Sources and methods

14.139 Households' expenditure on postal services is estimated from quarterly data provided by Australia Post on sales of postage labels, and the hire of mail boxes and mail bags. An allowance is made for hiring of boxes and bags by business. The annual estimates are the sum of four quarters.

Volume estimates

4.140 Current price estimates of expenditures on postal services in Australia are revalued using the relevant component of the CPI.

08.2 Telecommunication services

Description

14.141 The scope of this item is household expenditure on rental of telephones, connection and rearrangement of domestic telephone services, and domestic and international telephone, facsimile and internet services. Purchase of telecommunications equipment is included under Audio visual, photographic, data processing equipment and accessories (09.1).

Sources and methods

14.142 Expenditure on telephone (and facsimile) services is estimated from quarterly data provided by major service providers. The annual estimates are the sum of four quarters.

14.143 Expenditure on internet services is based on benchmark data from Household Use of Information Technology, Australia (Cat. no. 8146.0). Data on the proportion of households with home internet access and expenditure on internet services is used in conjunction with the estimated number of resident households from Australian Demographic Statistics (Cat. no. 3101.0), to estimate total household expenditure on internet services.

Volume estimates

14.144 Current price estimates of expenditures on telecommunication services in Australia are revalued using the relevant component of the CPI.

Total: 08 Communications

Volume estimates

14.145 Current price estimates of expenditures on communication services by Australian residents overseas are revalued using a composite index of overseas CPIs.

14.146 Current price estimates of expenditure on communication services by non-residents in Australia are revalued using the relevant component of the CPI.

14.147 In deriving the chain volume estimates of expenditure on communication services, the elemental volume estimate of expenditure by non-residents in Australia is subtracted from the aggregate of the other elemental volume components above.


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