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Using tourism statistics


Standard industries are defined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) (cat. no. 1292.0) on the basis of the primary goods and services that they produce. However, tourism is not a standard industry.

Tourism is a component of many different standard industries and as such, is an alternative view of the economy in which the supply of goods and services either relates to visitors (this is tourism) or to residents (this is not tourism). This means that a proportion of data on standard or conventional industries will not relate to tourism. In some industries, a high proportion of industry output is associated with tourism. In others, the major share of industry output relates to the needs of residents, not visitors.

Care should be taken not to treat standard industry data as purely relating to tourism. For instance, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (ABS Cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) presents data on persons employed in the accommodation and cafes and restaurants industries. These data only partly relate to tourism as those industries cater to the needs of both visitors and residents. For more information on tourism related industries, please see the Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account (ABS Cat. no. 5249.0) and its concordances.


Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) (ABS Cat. no. 1292.0)

Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ABS Cat. no. 4902.0)

Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) (ABS Cat. no. 1220.0)

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, (ABS cat no. 1270.0.55.001)

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS structures, (ABS cat no. 1270.0.55.003)

Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) - Electronic Publication ( ABS Cat. no. 1216.0)

Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) - Electronic Structures (ABS Cat. no. 1216.0.15.001)

Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Concordances (ABS Cat. no. 1216.0.15.002)

Tourism Region Maps and Concordance Files, Australia (ABS Cat. no. 9503.0.55.001) - presents information on the geographical composition of Tourism Regions

Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) (ABS Cat. no. 1269.0)


A Guide to Australian Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Statistics (ABS Cat. no. 5362.0.55.001)

Australian National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods (ABS Cat. no. 5216.0)

Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia, Concepts, Sources and Methods (ABS Cat. no. 5331.0)

Framework for Australian Tourism Statistics, 2003 (ABS Cat. no. 9502.0.55.001)

Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (ABS Cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)

Measuring Australia's Economy (ABS Cat. no. 1360.0) - see Section 10. Statistics: Concepts, Sources, Methods and Usage


Directory of Statistical Sources - an on-line tool to access reference information about ABS statistical collections


The 2006 Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a framework for organising data about businesses - by enabling grouping of business units carrying out similar productive activities. It has undergone many changes since first released in 1993 and was redeveloped by the ABS in collaboration with Statistics New Zealand. The ABS uses ANZSIC in most of its economic collections and for the compilation of the national accounts. Whether you work in the government, research or business sector, the ANZSIC can be a useful tool for financial, administrative and statistical purposes.

ANZSIC 2006 provides a contemporary and internationally comparable industrial classification system. For example, a whole range of 'new economy' activities have been recognised, including: Internet publishing and broadcasting, provision of Internet access services, computer retailing and communication equipment manufacturing.


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