1344.8.55.002 - ABStract, Statistics News, Australian Capital Territory, April 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/04/2010   
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Over the last few years, you may have noticed industry classifications changing though various Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publications. The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 Implementation Program which started in 2004 draws to a close. A vast number of resources across the ABS have been involved in this program and a great deal of publications have been affected by this implementation process.

A large number of ABS collections have moved to the new industry classification and have either been released or are due to be released on the new basis by the end of 2010. All collection areas affected have released their own information papers providing users of ABS industry-based statistics with an outline of the methodology used for the implementation process of the new ANZSIC 2006 classification relevant to their particular collections. For more information on the collections that have implemented the new industry classification, see Information Paper: Update on ANZSIC 2006 Implementation, 2008 (cat. no. 1295.0.55.001).


ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, Revision 1 (cat. no. 1220.0), released in June 2009, is the first update of this classification which was initially released September 2006. Revision 1 includes minor changes to the classification structure and definitional changes for some occupations.

This product comprises an explanation of the conceptual basis of the classification, the classification structure and definitions for all levels of the classification (major, sub-major, minor and unit groups and occupations). The primary purpose of this product is to aid in the interpretation of ABS and Statistics New Zealand occupation statistics classified to ANZSCO.

For information about the revision refer to Information Paper: ANZSCO -- Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, Revision 1, 2009 (cat. no. 1221.0).


The ABS review of the CPI is underway. The CPI is a main economic indicator, measuring inflation faced by Australian households for goods and services. The review is focusing on the topics of: the principal purpose of the CPI; the compilation frequency of the CPI; an evaluation of the deposit and loan facilities index; maintaining the relevance of the CPI; commodity classification; analytical series; and other issues.

As part of the review process, the ABS has been consulting widely. Thank you to all those who attended the public forum held in Canberra on 12 March 2010, and/or provided a written submission.

For more information on the nature and content of the review and its progress, please refer to Issues to be considered during the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review, Dec 2009 (cat. no. 6468.0).


On 1 July 2011 the ABS will replace the current Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The ASGS will be used for the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. The current ABS geography structure such as Collection Districts (CDs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) and Statistical Divisions (SDs) will be replaced by mesh blocks and Statistical Area Levels 1 to 4.

Mesh blocks are the smallest geographical region and are the building blocks for the larger regions of the ASGS. Only limited Census data, total population and dwelling counts will be released at the mesh block level.

Statistical Area Level 1s (SA1s) will be the smallest region for which a wide range of Census data will be released, and will have an average population of about 400.

Statistical Area Level 2s (SA2s) will have an average population of 10,000 and will be built from SA1s. These will be the regions that the majority of sub-state intercensal data, such as estimated resident population, will be released.

Statistical Area Level 3s (SA3s) will be built from SA2s and will represent functional areas of regional cities and large urban transport and service hubs.

Statistical Area Level 4s (SA4s) will be built from SA3s and used for the release of labour force statistics.

Other ABS structures (e.g. Remoteness) and non-ABS structures (e.g. Local Government Areas) will also form part of the ASGS.

Further information about the ASGS can be found in the Information Paper: Outcome from The Review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification, 2008 (cat. no. 1216.0.55.002).