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1146.0 - Directory of Service Industries Statistics, 2002  
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Contents >> Property and Business Services Industry >> Security and Investigative Services

Security Services, Australia (cat. no. 8557.0)


To provide key measures on the performance of the Security and Investigative Services industry and to identify the nature and structure of the industry in terms of employment, income, costs and its contribution to the Australian economy.


The scope of the collection was all employing businesses mainly engaged in providing security, protection or private enquiry services, other than units of police forces and government security agencies, as defined by Class 7864 of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).

Note: This defined scope for the Security and Investigative Services Survey is narrower than some other's view of the industry. That is, the ABS excludes businesses such as locksmiths, alarm wholesalers and installers which are classifiable to other ANZSIC classes.

The coverage source is the ABS Business Register and therefore the scope is defined by businesses on the Business Register classified to ANZSIC Class 7864.


The tables in the publication include

  • sources of income
  • items of expenditure
  • characteristics of employment
  • main activity of persons employed
  • selected statistics by employment size groupings
  • selected performance ratios

The tables contain data at the Australia level with one state table showing:
  • number of businesses
  • employment
  • wages and salaries
  • total income




Collections were conducted in 1987-1988 and 1998-1999.


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