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Release of services industries data

  • Community Services 2008-09 ( 8696.0), released on 24 June 2010. Contains summary data on expenditure on community service activity by government and private sector organisations. Data are presented by type of community service activity, State and Territory and profit status. This publication also contains data on income, expenditure, employment and volunteers in the following community services sectors: aged care residential services, other residential care services, child care services and other social assistance services.
  • Australian Industry 2008-09 ( 8155.0), released on 28 May 2010. Presents estimates of the economic and financial performance of Australian industry for 2008-09. These data are compiled from the ABS Economic Activity Survey (EAS) and from Business Activity Statement (BAS) data reported to the Australian Taxation Office. The estimates are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition (cat. no. 1292.0).
  • Shipments of Wine and Brandy in Australia by Australian Winemakers and Importers March 2010 ( 8504.0), released on 25 May 2010. Presents information on the quantity of Australian produced wine (classified by type - fortified, table, sparkling, etc) and brandy sales. Sales of table wine are classified by container type for both white and red/rose table wine. Sales of fortified wine are further classified by container type, with glass containers less than 2 litres split into sherry, port and other. Includes original series for total domestic wine sales; total white and red/rose table wine; white and red/rose table wine in glass containers less than 2 litres; and soft pack white and red/rose table wine. Also includes imports cleared for home consumption.

For more information see Service Industries Releases.

Health Care Services survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics proposes to conduct a survey of private health care services for the 2009-10 reference period. The survey will be conducted from August 2010 to June 2011.

The survey will be conducted by mail from a sample of approximately 4500 businesses/organisations in both capital city and regional areas in all states and territories across Australia. The scope of the survey includes all private businesses providing general and specialist medical services, pathology and diagnostic imaging services, dental and other allied health services, and other private health care services. Hospitals and government organisations providing health care services are excluded.

Information will be collected on a range of indicators including workforce and patient characteristics, income and expenses relevant to health care services. It will also include questions on business structure and performance.

The primary purpose of the survey will be to assist the understanding of the structure and nature of health care services in the Australian economy.

The survey has been developed in consultation with relevant Australian, state and local government departments and agencies, and the major industry representative bodies.

Results from the survey will be used to assist in understanding the structure and nature of private health care services in the Australian economy, and will also be used for planning, and economic and performance analyses.

The questions have been extensively field tested to ensure that the required data are readily available and that provider load has been minimised as much as possible (for example, by streamlining question flow and question formats, using a reduced questionnaire for medium and small businesses, and removing questions that are unlikely to provide viable data). There has been a high level of respondent cooperation and no significant adverse respondent reaction is expected.

Results from the survey are expected to be released in mid 2011.

This survey is conducted periodically, the most recent covering the 2001-02 reference year for the Private Medical Practice Industry and in 1997-98 for a selection of Allied Health industries. The survey is likely to be repeated in the future. Work is currently underway on the Allied Health Industries Survey for reference year 2009-10.

If you require further information about Service Industries statistics please contact Mark Lound, Director, Industry, Agriculture and Land National Statistics Centre on (02) 6252 6325 or email

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