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5489.0 - International Merchandise Trade, Australia, Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/05/2001   
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Contents >> Chapter 8. Data Quality >> Accessibility

8.80 Australia's trade statistics are released monthly and quarterly in a variety of forms, from standard publications and electronic products to output tailored to individual client preferences. The releases are advised publicly in advance, with important or noteworthy aspects highlighted in the Notes, Analysis and Comments, Feature Articles or Explanatory notes sections of the publications. The results receive wide media coverage. Printed publications are stored for varying periods of time in all major Australian state and university libraries. Electronic copies of publications are loaded to the ABS Web site under the AusStats electronic data source.

8.81 Information Consultancy staff are located in ABS Central Office (Canberra) and all Regional Offices (state and territory capitals) to answer enquiries about international merchandise trade statistics and provide consultancy services. Each publication carries the contact details of a subject matter officer able to clarify aspects of the statistics presented in the publication. More detailed statistics can be obtained at any time, on request, for a charge.

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