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    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    The survey of the Security and Investigative Services industry for the 1998/99 reference year was the second collection conducted by the ABS for this sector. The previous one being in 1987/88. The collection of statistics for the Security and Investigative Services industry is planned to be undertaken three yearly as part of the wider Business Services Survey. The collection was a survey of employing businesses in ANZSIC 7864. A range of profit and loss, balance sheet and employment details was collected from businesses. Published data reflects a range of standard outputs including: business employment details, income and expense dissected by major component and financial performance ratios together with a set of activity data outputs.

    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


    Conceptual framework
    Not applicable

    Main outputs
    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

    The Security and Investigative Services Industry Survey collects data classified according the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). Businesses were selected on the basis of their ANZSIC (7864) at the management unit level.

    Data will be available at the ANZSIC class level for ANZSIC 7864.

    The publication contains one table of data cross classified by the following employment size groupings:

    0 - 4 persons
    5 - 9 persons
    10 - 19 persons
    20 - 49 persons
    50 - 99 persons
    100 or more persons

    The Security and Investigative Services Industry Survey uses ABS standard data items

    Other concepts (summary)
    Not applicable


    Comments and/or Other Regions
    Not applicable

    3 Yearly

    Frequency comments
    Not applicable

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


    Data availability comments
    Data available from publication: Security Services, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 8557.0)

    17/09/2004 08:39 AM

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