8155.0 - Australian Industry, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/05/2020   
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Changes in this release

Improved quality for Health care and social assistance estimates

Businesses operating in the Health care and social assistance industry division receive government funding such as the Child Care Subsidy, Medicare Benefits payments, a number of aged care subsidies and supplements, NDIS payments and grants to pay staff wages and salaries.

The 2018-19 EAS questionnaire for the Health care and social assistance division provided explicit instructions on how businesses should report such government payments.

This has resulted in improved estimates of sales and service income, funding from government for operational costs, profit margin and sales and service income per person employed for 2018-19.

Caution should therefore be exercised when comparing 2018-19 estimates for these items (which can be seen in the 'Australian industry by division' and 'Australian industry by subdivision' data cubes), with estimates from previous years as these estimates are not directly comparable.

The improved questionnaire instructions will be continued in future EAS collections and subsequent reporting for the Health care and social assistance division is expected to be consistent with the 2018-19 EAS.


Table changes

Capital work done for own use: wages and purchases breakdown

In previous issues, estimates of capital work done for own use, as well as the two components that make up these estimates, that is capitalised wages and salaries and capitalised purchases, have been published separately. Given the variable nature of capital expenditure, the components and the total (i.e. capital work done for own use) have been subject to confidentiality requirements and therefore not published in many cases. From 2018-19, the two component series will no longer be published. The total capital work done for own use estimates will continue to be published.

This affects table 3 (the industry value added table) in each of the 'Australian industry by division', 'Australian industry by subdivision', and 'Mining industry' data cubes.

Percentage of businesses making a profit or breaking even

In previous issues, the percentage of businesses making a profit and percentage of businesses breaking even items have been published separately. Given the small number of businesses that break even each year, confidentiality requirements has resulted in the breakdown not able to be published in many cases. As a result, from the 2018-19 release the two separate series have been replaced by a combined item percentage of businesses making a profit or breaking even.

This affects table 4 (the industry performance table) in both of the 'Australian industry by division' and 'Australian industry by subdivision' data cubes, which include the years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 only. In earlier years the percentage of businesses making a profit or breaking even can be calculated by subtracting percentage of businesses making a loss from 100.