5256.0 - Australian National Accounts: Non-Profit Institutions Satellite Account, 2006-07  
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Non-profit institutions (NPIs) play an important role in the provision of welfare, social and other services in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has developed a non-profit institutions satellite account for Australia for the year 2006-07 in response to demand for information on the size, structure and economic contribution of non-profit institutions. The Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs is a co-funder of this work.

A non-profit institutions 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 non-profit institutions can be compiled.

The concepts and methods used in the Australian non-profit institutions satellite account are based on international standards described in the United Nations Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. The Handbook is intended to facilitate international comparison of information on non-profit institutions. 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 non-profit institutions make to the Australian economy, and in particular the contribution of non-profit institutions to key macroeconomic variables such as gross value added and gross domestic product. As this satellite account is an integrated set of statistics on non-profit institutions within the internationally recognised System of National Accounts, 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 are 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 firm 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 ABS has previously published a non-profit institutions satellite account in respect of 1999-2000. While the two satellite accounts are generally based on the same underlying conceptual framework and have been produced in accordance with Handbook recommendations, there are significant differences in compilation methods and classifications which should be noted in undertaking any comparisons between the two accounts.