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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



Attachment 1


ABS ACTUAL AND PROJECTED REVENUE 2004-05 TO 2009-10

Australia ($’000s)

2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
Actual
Actual
Projectd
Projectd
Projected
Projected

Full Cost Recovered
11423
6876
5830
6805
5705
5555

Web Services
2806
682
100
25
25
25
AusStats
1389
208
0
0
0
0
ABS@
1072
378
75
0
0
0
Ecommerce
346
96
25
25
25
25

Information Consultancies
4814
3783
4510
5560
4460
4310
Population Census Information Consultancies
942
683
1050
2100
850
1000
International Trade Information Consultancies
438
373
400
400
400
400
International Trade Subscriptions
522
543
560
560
560
560
Other Information Consultancies
2913
2183
2500
2500
2500
2500

Other Full Cost Recovery
3802
2412
1220
1220
1220
1220
Training & Seminars
64
117
70
70
70
70
Publications
776
310
200
200
200
200
CDATA
419
101
0
0
0
0
Licence Fees & Royalties
406
361
100
100
100
100
Confidentialised Unit Record Files
422
505
350
350
350
350
Statistical Consultancies
1540
957
500
500
500
500
Full Cost Recovery Not Elsewhere Classified
176
61
0
0
0
0

Partial Cost Recovered
7624
12818
11610
16815
12001
11863
Outposted Officers
1329
1046
794
779
790
740
International Consultancies
343
383
450
450
450
450
Statistical Units Funding
2243
2264
2254
2154
2154
1809
User Funded Surveys
3709
9125
8112
13432
8607
8864

Not Elsewhere Classified
46
2
0
0
0
0

Total Sale of Goods & Services
19093
19696
17440
23620
17706
17418

Note: Licence Fees & Royalties are excluded from cost recovery policy

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Attachment 2
ABS PRICING PRINCIPLES

Principle 1
ABS is committed to open access to official statistics by all levels of governments, and the community generally.

Principle 2
ABS will provide free access channels to the Basic Information Set funded by appropriation.

Principle 3
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.

Principle 4
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.

Principle 5
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.

Principle 6
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.

Principle 7
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.

Principle 8
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.

Principle 9
The Australian Statistician or his delegate may, where public interest issues are involved, decide to charge products and services on other bases.

Principle 10
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.

Principle 11
ABS will use simple and cost effective pricing schedules and administrative systems.
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Attachment 3


ASSESSING INFORMATION PRODUCTS FOR COST RECOVERY
(refer p. 31 of Guidelines)

Flow Chart: Assessing Information Products for Cost Recovery



Attachment 4

    DETERMINING THE CONTENT OF THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SET AND THE COMMERCIAL INFORMATION SET
    (refer p. 35 of Guidelines)

    Flow Chart: Determining the Content of the Additional Information Set and the Commercial Information Set

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Attachment 5


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 Supplementary Information Set (SIS) (excluding commercial products and services)
  • 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
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Attachment 6


OVERHEAD CATEGORIES


Salary on-costs
  • Superannuation
  • Productivity Superannuation Benefit
  • Workers & Other Compensation
  • Comcover
  • Long Service Leave
  • Training
  • Office Services
  • Property Operating Costs
  • Computing Costs
Share of corporate overheads
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Attachment 7
PARTIALLY COST RECOVERED ACTIVITIES


Client GroupNature of Partial Cost RecoveryRationale

SchoolsSome 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 organisationsInternational 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:
United Nations
International Labour Organisation
Food and Agricultural Organisation
UNESCO
Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific
UNECE
OECD
IMF
World Bank
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 agenciesOverseas 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 aidRequests for international statistical assistance or aid may be partially cost-recoveredPartial 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.
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