ABOUT THIS RELEASE
Non-profit institutions (NPIs) play an important role in the provision of welfare, social and other services in Australia. In response to demand for information on the size, structure and economic contribution of NPIs, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has compiled a third NPI satellite account for Australia. The 2012-13 NPI satellite account is on a comparable basis to the 2006-07 satellite account and as a result the first 3 tables include data for both years. Data from the first NPI satellite account for 1999-2000 is not included in this publication as there were significant differences in the compilation methods and classifications used to compile that account.
An NPI satellite account involves the identification and measurement of non-profit activities within the national accounting framework so that a cohesive set of economic data on NPIs can be compiled.
The concepts and methods used in the Australian NPI satellite account are based on international standards described in the United Nations Handbook on Non-Profit Institutions in the System of National Accounts (the Handbook). The Handbook is intended to facilitate international comparison of information on NPIs. The Handbook is consistent with the System of National Accounts (SNA), whilst extending that framework to enable measurement of further areas of analytical interest.
This publication presents estimates of the direct contribution that NPIs make to the Australian economy, and in particular the contribution of NPIs to key macroeconomic variables such as gross value added and gross domestic product. As this satellite account is an integrated set of statistics on NPIs within the internationally recognised SNA, it provides a valuable policy and research resource with a wide range of applications.
The results of this study are based, in part, on tax data supplied by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to the ABS under the Taxation Administration Act 1953, which requires that such data is only used for statistical purposes. No individual information collected under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 is provided back to the ATO for administrative or regulatory purposes. Any discussion of data limitations or weaknesses is in the context of using the data for statistical purposes, and is not related to the ability of the data to support the ATO's core requirements.
Legislative requirements to ensure privacy and secrecy of this data have been followed. Only people authorised under the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975 have been allowed to view data about any particular organisation in conducting these analyses. In accordance with the Census and Statistics Act 1905, results have been confidentialised to ensure that they are not likely to enable identification of a particular person or organisation.
The 2012-13 NPI satellite account was jointly funded by the Australian government departments the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health.