Australian Bureau of Statistics
Policy on Pre-Embargo Access to ABS Statistical Releases
To ensure impartiality and integrity of ABS statistics, it is standard ABS policy and practice to make all our statistical releases available on our website to all government, commercial and public users of our statistics, simultaneously, from 11.30 am (Canberra time) on the day of their release. Prior to 11.30 am, all ABS statistics are treated as confidential and regarded as 'under embargo'.
The following products are approved for provision to authorised persons via ABS-hosted lockups on the morning of the day of their release:
In addition to the above arrangements, and having regard to the complexity of analyses required, a number of Commonwealth Treasury officials have access to Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0) early afternoon on the day before its release.
In exceptional circumstances, approval may be given for additional ad hoc lockups for other key statistical releases. If possible, a public notice of intention to hold this lockup will be published on the ABS website at least six working days in advance of the event. If this is not possible notification of an ad hoc lockup will be made on the ABS website as soon as possible.
The ABS also provides authorised Wires service providers with a shorter secure “lockup” to enable them to prepare, referred to as the "Wires Preparation Service".
The Wires Preparation Service allows access to a limited range of embargoed key statistical products (Category 1 and all but two Category 2 Main Economic Indicators, and one Other Leading Indicator), to authorised Wires service representatives in a secure environment at the ABS NSW office, 44 Market Street, Sydney, 10 minutes prior to their public release at 11:30 am, Canberra time. Wires service providers are not permitted to release any material until the embargo has been lifted at 11.30 am Canberra time. Access to statistics via the Wires Preparation Service is to ensure market sensitive material is accurately represented at the time of public release. It is not intended to facilitate more comprehensive analyses of the statistics; such analyses may be conducted after the embargo is lifted at 11:30 am, Canberra time.
The following Wires service providers attend the Wires Preparation Service:
This page first published 21 December 2007, last updated 16 January 2015