Australian Bureau of Statistics
In addition to complying with the Guidelines, agencies with “significant” cost recovery arrangements must complete a Cost Recovery Impact Statement (CRIS). Agencies whose total cost recovery receipts equal $5 million or more per annum are considered, prima facie, to be significant, regardless of the revenue generated by individual product streams. The ABS is currently deemed a “significant” agency in this context and has been listed as an agency with existing cost recovery arrangements. It is scheduled for a review in 2006-07.
Since this listing took place, the ABS has greatly increased the content of its free Basic Information Set (BIS) through the 2005-06 budget process, in which the Government gave policy approval and appropriation to make all publications on the ABS web site free of charge, and its revenue has reduced accordingly. On the ABS' 100th birthday, 8 December 2005, the Treasurer announced that free statistics on the web site would be implemented on 12 December, as the ABS' gift to the nation. The entire content of the ABS web site is now accessible free-of-charge via the Internet.
The ABS applies cost recovery principles to all clients regardless of whether they are government or non-government clients. When receipts from arrangements that are not cost-recovered for the purposes of this policy are excluded, revenue will fall well below what is considered to be significant cost recovery arrangements. Whilst ABS would no longer be required in the future to complete a CRIS to document compliance with the cost recovery policy, ABS will continue to apply the Government policy to guide its future cost recovery policies and practices. Attachment 1 for ABS provides actual and projected revenue for 2004-05 to 2009-10.
The ABS has reviewed its products and services against the Guidelines and within the context of the increased content of the BIS, consulted with its clients on the outcome of that review, and the results are reflected in this CRIS.
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This page first published 31 October 2008