GENERAL HELP INFORMATION
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Methods, Standards and Classifications
Contains methodological research papers and information on time series and data quality. You can also find the standards and classifications used to collect, process and present ABS data.
Directory of Statistical Sources
Provides a useful on-line tool for data users to identify and access reference information about ABS statistical collections. The Directory includes reference material about each collection, such as its purpose, scope and coverage, and summary information about the various data items.
SPECIFIC CLASSIFICATIONS, CONCEPTS, SOURCES, METHODS & GUIDES
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|Cat. No.||Publication Title||Abstract|
|1292.0||Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006||The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) has been developed for use in the compilation and analysis of industry statistics in Australia and New Zealand. The ABS and Statistics New Zealand jointly developed this classification to improve the comparability of industry statistics between the two countries and with the rest of the world.|
This 2006 edition of the ANZSIC replaces the 1993 edition, which was the first version produced. ANZSIC 2006 reflects the outcomes of a substantial review of the classification, which included extensive consultation with users of the classification, such as government agencies responsible for policy formulation and administration, and non-government analysts of industry structure and performance. The purpose of the review was to ensure that the classification remained current and relevant, reflecting the changes that have occurred in the structure and composition of industry since the previous edition and recognising changing user requirements for data classified to industry.
The conceptual framework underpinning the ANZSIC has been more rigorously and consistently applied in this edition. The publication includes detailed explanations of the classification principles and the treatments of certain types of activities.
|1220.0||Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), 2013||The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) First Edition (cat. no. 1220.0) was released in September 2006. ANZSCO was revised in June 2009 as a result of minor changes to the classification structure and definitional changes for some occupations. This release is the second revision of ANZSCO and follows a minor review which was restricted to considering changes to categories at the occupation (six digit) level (the finest level). Updates include additions and deletions of occupations, specialisations and alternative titles; the splitting and merging of existing occupations; and revisions to principal occupation titles and lead statements describing them. |
|1216.0||Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), July 2011||A classification system, designed and maintained by the ABS, which divides Australia into geographical areas for the purpose of collecting and disseminating statistics. It provides details of the statistical geographical areas effective at 1 July 2011 and includes maps of these areas.|
|1216.0.15.001||Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) - Electronic Structures, July 2011||The Electronic Structures contains four comma delimited files showing the levels and hierarchy of the ASGC Local Government Area Structure, Main Structure, Statistical District Structure and Statistical Region Structure.|
|1216.0.15.002||Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) - Correspondences, July 2011||These correspondences consist of 4 zipped comma delimited files for the current edition of the ASGC. These are: previous Census Collection District to current SLA correspondence; current SLA to current LGA correspondence, previous year SLA to current SLA correspondence; and a hierarchy list of all levels of the current ASGC edition. These correspondences do not calculate between the ASGC and non-ASGC Geographies such as Postcodes.|
|5216.0||Australian National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2013||This publication is a guide to the Australian national accounts. It outlines the major concepts and definitions, describes the data sources and methods used to prepare the estimates, and discusses the accuracy and reliability of the national accounts.|
|5331.0||Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2011||The Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Concepts, Sources and Methods describes the way in which the ABS produces macro-economic statistics for Australia's transactions with the Rest of the World.|
|6102.0.55.001||Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2013||A comprehensive discussion and description of the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics and the data sources and methods used in the collection and compilation of these statistics. It explains what the statistics measure, how the various measures relate to each other and how they are produced. It also discusses the factors influencing their accuracy and reliability. To ensure that the concepts used and the references are relevant and current, chapters of this publication will continually be updated.|
|1360.0||Measuring Australia's Economy, 2003||Provides national statistics, non-technical definitions and references to further reading for over 50 major economic indicators currently used by analysts and the media to measure the performance of the Australian economy. Indicators are provided for and grouped into summary measures of economic activity, international accounts, domestic consumption and investment, production, prices and incomes, labour force and demography, and financial markets. It also provides comparative international data for 11 key economic indicators.|
Basic information about statistical concepts, sources and methods is available in Section 10. Statistics: Concepts, Sources, Methods and Usage.
|5362.0.55.001||A Guide to Australian Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Statistics, 2004||Presents a brief outline of the general concepts and practices involved in the Australian balance of payments and international investment position statistics. It is a useful guide for those who require a basic explanation of the concepts, sources and methods used in the these statistics, rather than the detail to be found in Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia : Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5331.0). Highly recommended for those in secondary and tertiary education, and others including business managers.|
HISTORICAL SERVICE INDUSTRIES INFORMATION: Surveys Program, Publications and other Annual Industries Publications
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Topics @ a Glance - Service Industries
This page first published 17 November 2006, last updated 7 July 2014