8681.0 - Information Media and Telecommunications Services, Australia, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/06/2015  First Issue
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The Information Media and Telecommunications (IMT) Division is defined by the industry classification, ANZSIC 2006. The main purpose of the detailed IMT component collected as part of the 2013-14 Economic Activity Survey (EAS) was to provide updated product level estimates for use in the National Accounts and Input-Output tables published annually by the ABS.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is not defined in ANZSIC. The IMT component of the EAS survey does not attempt to measure the ICT sector, although there may be some overlap. The below table displays the ANZSIC06 classes which were in scope of the last ICT survey, which ran in 2006-07: Information and Communication Technology, Australia, 2006-07 survey (cat. no. 8126.0) compared to the scope of the IMT component of the EAS 2013-14 collection.

Scope differences between ICT Sector and IMT Industry(a)
Information and Communication Technology,
Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8126.0)
Information Media and Telecommunications Services,
Australia, 2013-14 (cat. no. 8681.0)

2421, Computer and electronic office equipment manufacturing
2422, Communication equipment manufacturing
2429, Other electronic equipment manufacturing
3492, Computer and computer peripheral wholesaling
3493, Telecommunication goods wholesaling
3494, Other electrical and electronic goods wholesaling
5411, Newspaper publishing
5412, Magazine and other periodical publishing
5413, Book publishing
5414, Directory and mailing list publishing
5419, Other publishing (except software, music and internet)
5420, Software publishing5420, Software publishing
5511, Motion picture and video production
5512, Motion picture and video distribution
5513, Motion picture exhibition
5514, Post-production service and other motion picture and video activities
5521, Music publishing
5522, Music and other sound recording activities
5610, Radio broadcasting
5621, Free-to-air television broadcasting
5622, Cable and other subscription broadcasting
5700, Internet publishing and broadcasting
5801, Wired telecommunications network operation5801, Wired telecommunications network operation
5802, Other telecommunications network operation5802, Other telecommunications network operation
5809, Other telecommunications services5809, Other telecommunications services
5910, Internet service providers and web search portals5910, Internet service providers and web search portals
5921, Data processing and web hosting services5921, Data processing and web hosting services
5922, Electronic information storage services5922, Electronic information storage services
6010, Libraries and archives
6020, Other information services
7000, Computer system design and related services
9422, Electronic (except domestic appliance) and precision equipment repair and maintenance

(a) The classes in bold italics are common in scope across both surveys.

In January 2015 the ABS announced a joint review of ICT statistics with the Department of Communications. The Discussion Paper: Submission Process for the Information and Communications Technology Statistics Review, 2014-15 (cat. no. 8179.0.55.001) outlined the key objectives for that review:
  • consider the definitions used for key terms such as ICT and ICT statistics;
  • identify priority information requirements;
  • identify data gaps, overlaps and limitations of existing data sources;
  • examine options for use of administrative data sets;
  • develop a proposal to effectively measure the contribution of the ICT sector to the Australian economy.

A subsequent Discussion Paper: Consultation on topics emerging from submissions to the Information and Communication Technology Statistics Review (cat. no. 8179.0.55.002) was released in May 2015.

It should be noted that the ICT Statistics review has not made any changes to the scope of the ICT sector as defined in the publication: Information and Communication Technology, Australia 2006-07 (cat. no. 8126.0), however a review of the scope may form part of the recommendations relating to measuring the impact of ICT on the economy.