5601.0.55.001 - Information Paper: Forthcoming Changes to Monthly Finance Statistics, 2018  
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CHANGES TO PUBLISHED STATISTICS

The changes discussed in this paper relate only to changes in publication outputs derived through existing data collections. No new data items will be collected until the introduction of the modernised Economic and Financial Statistics (EFS) collection in 2019.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO ABS MONTHLY FINANCE STATISTICS

Release format:
• Combine Housing Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5609.0) and Lending Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5671.0) into a single, monthly release, Lending to Households and Businesses, Australia (cat. no. 5601.0).
• All content will be online or in Excel tables, no pdf will be released.

Organising principle:
• Data will be released by counterparty sector (lending to households, lending to businesses) and then by loan purpose (owner occupier dwelling, commercial, personal, lease).

Lender categories:
• Lender categories in the new publication are Authorised Deposit-Taking Institutions (ADIs) and ‘Non-ADIs’.

Lending for dwellings to households for owner occupation:
• Refinancing component will be explicit in more aggregates.
• Seasonally adjusted first home buyers series will be available for Australia and each state/territory.

Lending for dwellings to households for investment:
• Lending to households for investment dwellings will be available excluding refinancing for the first time.
• Seasonally adjusted lending to households for investment dwellings excluding refinancing will be available for Australia and each state/territory.

Lending for dwellings to businesses:
• Lending to businesses for dwellings will not be reported in the same tables as lending to households for dwellings.
• Lending to businesses for dwellings will not be available by state/territory except as implicit contributors to lending to businesses for Construction and lending to businesses for Purchase of Real Property.
• Lending to businesses for Construction and lending to businesses for Purchase of Real Property will be available by state/territory but their detailed components will not.

Commercial finance to businesses:
• Commercial finance will no longer include lending to individuals (households) for investment purposes (dwelling and other investment).
• Commercial finance will not be available by state/territory except for lending to business for Construction and lending to businesses for Purchase of Real Property.
• Commercial finance will include value of fixed loans, revolving credit, and lease finance. Statistics about operating leases will cease.
• Statistics about cancellations will cease.

Personal finance to households:
• Personal finance will be published at Australia level only.
• Personal finance will not be available by state/territory.
• Statistics about cancellations will cease.

Lease finance to businesses:
• There will be substantially less detail about lease finance than previously published.
• Lease finance statistics will be published at Australia level only. State/territory lease finance statistics will cease.
• Only finance leases will be reported, statistics about operating leases will cease.
• The following purposes for finance leases will be reported: ‘motor vehicles’, ‘other transport equipment’, ‘agricultural, construction and manufacturing equipment’, ‘office equipment’, ‘other’ and ‘total lease finance’.