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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
Businesses were classified:
The scope of the collection consisted of all Australian based activities of business entities with a non-cancelled Australian Business Number (ABN) and an active Income Tax Withholding or Goods and Services role, except for those businesses classified to:
Government-owned or controlled Public Trading Enterprises are included.
Although the period covered by the estimates was, in general, the twelve months ended 30 June, some businesses were unable to supply information on this basis. Businesses with off-June reporting periods made a substantial contribution to some of the estimates, for example, the Mining division and Petroleum and coal product manufacturing subdivision of ANZSIC. As a result, the estimates can reflect trading conditions that prevailed in periods outside the twelve months ended 30 June 2009.
The collection was designed primarily to deliver national estimates of energy use and expenditure and energy and environment management activities for all in-scope industry divisions.
The collection is conducted on an irregular basis with estimates generally available within twelve months of the reference period to which they relate. For the 2008-09 reference period, questionnaires were despatched by ABS in August 2009 and BAS data were received from ATO in November 2009. The estimates were released in July 2010, thirteen months after the end of the reference period.
Non-sampling error also occurs when information cannot be obtained from all businesses selected in the survey. For the 2008-09 survey of energy, water and environment, there was an 88.6% response rate from all businesses that were surveyed and found to be operating during the reference period. Data were imputed for the remaining 11.4% of operating businesses. Imputed responses contributed 7.8% to the estimate of electricity purchases for all selected industries.
This is the first time the Energy, Water and Environment Survey has been conducted. The energy consumption figures presented in this publication may not be directly comparable with energy consumption statistics appearing in other ABS publications for the following reasons:
Amounts of electricity and natural gas purchased may not equal total amounts used. Electricity and natural gas purchased may include electricity and natural gas consumed by another business through a rent or leasing arrangement. It excludes electricity and natural gas consumed but not paid for by the business (eg invoiced to another business through a rent or leasing arrangement, or self-generated/self-sourced and not purchased from a provider).
The business counts presented in this publication may not be comparable with those appearing in other ABS publications. Estimates of the number of businesses operating in Australia can be derived from a number of sources within the ABS. They may relate to a particular point in time or may be presented as an average annual figure. However these estimates will not always show the same results. Variations will occur because of differing data sources, differing scope and coverage definitions between surveys, as well as variations due to sampling and non-sampling error. More information about business counts can be found in the ABS information paper A Statistical View of Counts of Businesses in Australia (cat. no. 8162.0).
The Energy, Water and Environment Survey was not designed to provide high quality estimates of numbers of businesses for any of the output classifications (for example, employment size or industry) and the number of businesses in this publication are only included to provide contextual information for the user. A more robust source of counts of Australian businesses is available from Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2007 to Jun 2009 (cat. no. 8165.0), which was released in October 2010.
Estimates from the 2008-09 Energy, Water and Environment Management, Australia, are available as original series only, and are not seasonally or trend adjusted.
Although financial and usage estimates relate to the full twelve months, employment estimates relate to the last pay period ending in June of the given year. Business counts relate to those businesses operating at the end of June 2009.
Further information about terminology and other technical aspects associated with these statistics can be found in the publication Energy, Water and Environment Management, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4660.0), which contains detailed Explanatory Notes, a Technical Note and a Glossary.
Data from the 2008-09 Energy, Water and Environment Survey are available in a variety of formats. The formats available free of charge on the ABS website are:
If the information you require is not available as a standard product, the ABS may have other relevant data available on request and for a charge. Please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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