8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Mar 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/06/2008   
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The tourism industry covers a wide range of products and services and is not always easy to define. The Survey of Tourist Accommodation provides information on supply, eg room nights available and demand, eg room nights sold for the accommodation sector of the industry. Where establishments conduct businesses in addition to providing accommodation the respondent is asked to provide details on the provision of accommodation only. For further information refer to the Framework for Australian Tourism Statistics.

The data are collected from providers via survey questionnaires. There are four questionnaire forms tailored for the type of accommodation activity (hotels, motels and serviced apartments, caravan parks, holiday flats and units, visitor hostels).


The tourist accommodation collection is conducted quarterly and contains monthly and quarterly information. Data are released approximately three months after the reference period.


The Survey of Tourist Accommodation is a census and hence is not subject to sampling error. To combat non-sampling error, editing is undertaken to compare internal consistency of the data supplied and consistency of reporting from year to year.

The survey has consistently high response rates. Over 90% of the core establishments return forms, resulting in less than 5% of takings from accommodation from these establishments being imputed.

For further information refer to the Data Quality section of the Explanatory Notes.


There are 3 data series produced from the tourist accommodation collection, ie original, seasonally adjusted and trend series. Original series data are available as time series from March qtr 1998, but users should take care when comparing time periods due to changes in scope and geographical classification.

Care should also be taken when comparing original data across monthly and quarterly time periods due to the effect of seasonal factors and irregular influences.

Takings from accommodation included GST from the September quarter 2000.

A break in series due to the inclusion of extra accommodation establishments occurred from June quarter 2003. See Appendix 1, Tourist Accommodation, Australia, December quarter 2003 (cat. no. 8635.0) for impact on hotels, motels and serviced apartments, and the Appendix of Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Expanded Scope Collection, Year ended 31 December quarter 2003 (cat. no. 8635.0.55.001) for caravan parks.


Small area statistics for 2008 are classified to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) 2007 Edition (cat. no. 1216.0). Regional data is available including Australia, State and Territory and Statistical Local Areas (SLA). Data is also concorded to Tourism Regions as supplied by State and Territory Tourism Authorities.

Trend and seasonally adjusted data are also available from March qtr 1998 onwards for hotels and resorts, motels, private hotels and guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms/units.


The Survey of Tourist Accommodation publication is available on the ABS website along time series spreadsheets and data cubes. Time series spreadsheets containing original data are available from 1998 for Australia and state/territory levels from Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0). Data cubes contain a single set of monthly and quarterly data and a 15 month series of trend and seasonally adjusted data at the state and territory level.

To ensure provider confidentiality, some data are suppressed in STA outputs and shown as 'np' (not available for publication). Data are more likely to be suppressed at lower geographic levels. Provider confidentiality is a requirement of the Census and Statistics Act 1905, under which the STA is collected. For further information refer to the Confidentialisation of Data section of the Explanatory Notes.