QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
Statistics on Australia's outward finance and insurance foreign affiliate trade in services are produced using information from ABS survey data. Data are extensively analysed by the ABS to ensure they are of appropriate quality for inclusion in ABS statistics.
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This is an irregular publication presenting statistics on foreign affiliates of Australian enterprises operating overseas in the finance and insurance industry. The statistics reflect characteristics of foreign affiliates in terms of their number, value of equity, profit, employment, wages and salaries, and sales and purchases of services. Where possible, breakdowns by country and country group are provided along with breakdowns by industry, by type of service, and by mode of supply.
These statistics are used in a variety of ways. The main users of data are economic and industry analysts, policy advisers in Australian government agencies, private sector economic analysts and dealers, academics, the media and international organisations. The statistics are used to analyse Australia's external performance, formulate and evaluate trade policy, trade treaties and foreign investment policy. They are also used to analyse trends in capital flows and patterns of investment into and out of the economy, and to undertake international comparisons.
This irregular publication is released 12 months after the end of the 2009-10 financial year reference period. The source data used in the compilation of outward finance and insurance foreign affiliates are timely. There are no planned updates or revisions to these data.
Statistics are produced from census data collected from all Australian enterprises with finance and insurance foreign affiliates. Sound data collection and methodological systems, conformity to international standard frameworks, and the use of analytical tools all contribute to these high quality outputs. The ABS ensures that surveys are designed, tested and evaluated to a high quality standard. Where possible, data are validated against independent sources both within the ABS and externally. Data confrontation studies are used to compare and reconcile data items from different collections on an enterprise basis where possible.
Despite the quality assurance undertaken, the data may not be completely accurate due to reporting error and minor data perturbation.
SOFI FATS was conducted within the international standard framework for foreign affiliates. As such, aggregate data are comparable over time and geographic regions. Some data confrontation with International Trade in Services and International Investment statistics is possible, though not all data are directly comparable.
Data collected in SOFI FATS are a subset of those included in the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS), within the framework defined in the International Monetary Fund's Balance of Payments and International Investment Manual, Sixth Edition (BPM6). ABS classifications used in the survey include:
Further to the international frameworks and the standard classifications to be used, the survey utilises ABS standard question wording or wording used by other collections (such as International Investment and International Trade in Services) where data items collected are consistent.
This publication contains tables with footnoted data to aid interpretation of the results of the survey. Detailed Explanatory Notes are also included providing information on the terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with these statistics.
Data are available to users free of charge from the ABS website. The online publication contains analysis of the latest data and supporting graphs and charts. A range of information papers, notes, publications and feature articles provide information on a number of data quality issues relating to this field of statistics. These include changes to the classifications, systems, concepts, standards or methodology, major data revisions and changes in data dissemination practices. The purpose of this information is to supplement and update the concepts, sources and methods.
Further information on data availability can be found by contacting the National Information and Referral Service (NIRS) on 1300 135 070 or go to the Information Consultancy
link on the ABS website.