1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Oct 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/11/2006   
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Pricing Policy

In line with the release of the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines in July 2005 the ABS has undertaken a review of its pricing policies.

As a result of this review, the amount of data freely available to download from the ABS web site has increased dramatically. This free data includes publications, spreadsheets, data cubes and detailed Census information. Simple inquiries are also answered free of charge via the National Information and Referral Service (NIRS).

Customised data, including tables, graphs and maps not previously published, are charged for on a cost recovery basis. In line with the guidelines, the cost of providing these customised services must be recovered from clients requesting these services.

The new pricing structure was implemented with effect from 2 October 2006. Whilst labour charges will increase marginally in accordance with recent cost increases, infrastructure (data) charges will decrease due to improvements in IT systems.

For further information on pricing, click on ABS Pricing Policy Review.