Attachment 1 - ABS Actual and Projected Revenue 2004-05 to 2009-10
Attachment 2 - ABS Pricing Principles
Attachment 3 - Assessment for Inclusion in the BIS
Attachment 4 - Determining the Content of the AIS and CIS
Attachment 5 - Products and Services in the BIS and SIS
Attachment 6 - Overhead Categories
Attachment 7 - Partially Cost-Recovered Activities
ABS ACTUAL AND PROJECTED REVENUE 2004-05 TO 2009-10
|Full Cost Recovered|
|Population Census Information Consultancies|
|International Trade Information Consultancies|
|International Trade Subscriptions|
|Other Information Consultancies|
|Other Full Cost Recovery|
|Training & Seminars|
|Licence Fees & Royalties|
|Confidentialised Unit Record Files|
|Full Cost Recovery Not Elsewhere Classified|
|Partial Cost Recovered|
|Statistical Units Funding|
|User Funded Surveys|
|Not Elsewhere Classified|
|Total Sale of Goods & Services|
Note: Licence Fees & Royalties are excluded from cost recovery policy
ABS is committed to open access to official statistics by all levels of governments, and the community generally.
ABS will provide free access channels to the Basic Information Set funded by appropriation.
The ABS will recover the costs of accessing the Basic Information Set via non-free access channels (e.g. print on demand) on a marginal cost basis.
Where cost effective to do so, the ABS will recover the costs of producing and providing information products and services that are additional to the Basic Information Set, including salaries, operating and capital costs, and associated overheads, from users.
The ABS will recover the costs of products and services provided in addition to the Basic Information Set, on an incremental cost basis for those which only the ABS can provide (e.g. due to confidentiality considerations), and on a commercial cost basis, for those which may compete with products and services provided by other suppliers.
The ABS will set its pricing policy, in conformity with Government guidelines on Cost Recovery and Competitive Cost Neutrality, with a view to:
- relieving the general taxpayer of those elements of the cost of the statistical service which have a specific and identifiable value to particular users;
- enabling the demand for ABS products and services to be used as one indicator of how ABS resources should be used; and
- encouraging users to address their real needs for ABS statistical products.
The ABS strongly encourages secondary provision of ABS data. However, the ABS may recover the cost of dissemination and product creation from on providers of ABS information. It may also recover from them the costs of compliance with licensing conditions.
The ABS provides technical assistance to international agencies and other countries. Wherever possible it will use the applicable AusAID pricing schedule, which approximates charging on a marginal cost basis. Exceptions apply in the following situations:
- where the work is tendered in a competitive situation, the ABS will quote on a commercial cost basis;
- where international agencies have their own standard rates, the ABS may choose to apply those rates; and,
- consistent with our international policy, ABS may partially recover, or waive, its costs for statistical work associated with international engagement if it is a strategically important initiative that the ABS has decided to support, and/or there are important staff development opportunities.
The Australian Statistician or his delegate may, where public interest issues are involved, decide to charge products and services on other bases.
In all cases where costs are recovered, the ABS will charge "efficient costs" i.e. the minimum costs necessary to deliver products and services that are fit for purpose.
ABS will use simple and cost effective pricing schedules and administrative systems.
ASSESSING INFORMATION PRODUCTS FOR COST RECOVERY
(refer p. 31 of Guidelines)
(refer p. 35 of Guidelines)
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN THE BIS and SIS
Content of the Basic Information Set (BIS)
- Collection activities, statistical analysis and processing of surveys to final unit record file, including confidentialised unit record files (CURFs)
- Contents of the ABS web site
- Library Extension Program (LEP) support services
- National Information Referral Service (NIRS)
- Email notification service (web based)
- Limited consultancy service to media and Parliamentarians
- Media lock up services
- Access to statistics by members of the ABS’ Australian Statistical Advisory Council
- Access to statistics by clients with disabilities
- Access to statistics by survey respondents compiled from surveys they participated in
- Training on products and services in the BIS
- Content of the ABS web site delivered other than via self help on the site (e.g. printed publications, CD-ROMs)
- Access to confidentialised unit record files (CURFs) via CD-ROM, the Remote Access Data Laboratory or the ABS Site Data Laboratory
- Information and Statistical consultancies: extraction and analysis from unit record files
- Extensions to collection activities under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 funded from the private sector
- Training on products and services outside the BIS
- Productivity Superannuation Benefit
- Workers & Other Compensation
- Long Service Leave
- Office Services
- Property Operating Costs
- Computing Costs
|Client Group||Nature of Partial Cost Recovery||Rationale|
|Schools||Some ABS products, particularly flagship publications, are available at a 30% discount to primary and secondary schools.||The price reduction represents the economies of scale achieved in bulk purchases are passed on to schools as price reductions.|
Charging the majority of the retail price ensures a self-rationing mechanism to limit demand to those who really want the product.
Discounting the products ensures that they are accessible to students and teachers through their schools
Provision of statistical products to schools ensures a critical mass of Australians is statistically literate and able to interpret statistical information effectively.
Ensuring the development of high quality statistical graduates is an investment in Australia's future.
Provision of ABS statistics to schools is non-rivalrous and helps to improve statistical literacy.
|International organisations||International organisations receive, on request:|
free international trade data
completion of statistical questionnaires
a two hour customised consultancy service to provide advice
|The ABS provides statistics on Australia to these international agencies to help contribute to the ABS’ corporate goal of assistance in the international community.|
Eligible international organisations include:
International Labour Organisation
Food and Agricultural Organisation
Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific
World Trade Organisation
World Tourism Organisation
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Provision of ABS statistics to international organisations is non-rivalrous and is consistent with the Government’s policy to meet international obligations.
CLIENT GROUP NATURE OF PARTIAL COST RECOVERY RATIONALE
|Overseas statistical agencies||Overseas statistical agencies receive free completion of statistical questionnaires, on request.||The ABS provides statistics on Australia to these overseas statistical agencies to help contribute to the ABS’ corporate goal of assistance in the international community.|
These statistics are often shared in an exchange arrangement.
Provision of ABS statistics to overseas statistical agencies is non-rivalrous and has substantial spillover benefits.
Provision of statistics to overseas statistical agencies is consistent with the Government’s policy of international cooperation.
|International statistical assistance or aid||Requests for international statistical assistance or aid may be partially cost-recovered||Partial cost recovery may apply where the international statistical assistance/aid is consistent with the Government policy on international aid and where the assistance/aid is: |
sponsored by an international agency;
provided in countries within the aid policy setting of the government; or
associated with international engagement.
Partially cost recovered prices are set using the AusAID pricing schedule.