REVISION 2.02 (5 April 2004)
REVISION 2.02 provides advice of revisions to the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), ABS Catalogue No. 1269.0 with regard to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the state of 'Serbia and Montenegro'. The date of effect of these revisions is 4 February 2003. For full details, see the separate Acrobat file of the published advice on this website.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was officially dissolved on 4 February 2003 after the Federal Parliament proclaimed the establishment of the state of 'Serbia and Montenegro'. The name change has been recognised by the Australian Government and various international bodies including the United Nations and the International Organization for Standardization.
ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY GROUPINGS
Since the publication of the original SACC, the membership of several of the entities described in the Alternative Country groupings has changed. This revision updates the alternative Country Groupings to reflect current membership.
REVISION 2.01 (21 December 1999)
- Switzerland has been removed from the European Economic Area,
- Slovakia has been added to the Organisation For Economic Co-Operation and Development,
- Ecuador and Gabon have been removed from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and
- Fiji has been added to The Commonwealth.
REVISION 2.01 provides advice of revisions to the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), ABS Catalogue No. 1269.0 with regard to East Timor, Macau and Taiwan. The date of effect of these revisions is 21 December 1999. For full details, see the separate Acrobat file of the published advice on this website.
The Australian Government no longer considers East Timor to be part of Indonesia. Indonesian sovereignty in East Timor ceased with the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1272 establishing the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor. East Timor is now recognised as a 'Non-self governing territory under United Nations transitional authority'.
The ABS has been advised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that Macau reverted to China on 20 December 1999 and should be referred to as 'Macau (SAR of China)' from that date. In this instance, the letters 'SAR' stand for Special Administrative Region. Macau will continue to be separately identified in the SACC, rather than being subsumed under China. This is consistent with the treatment of Hong Kong when it reverted to China in July 1997.
Under the terms of Australia's recognition of the People's Republic of China in 1972, Australia acknowledges the position of the Chinese Government that Taiwan is a province of China. However, the ABS has been advised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that it is not necessary to describe Taiwan as 'Taiwan (Province of China)' in ABS publications. The name of the country level unit 6105, Taiwan (Province of China) is therefore amended to the common usage term 'Taiwan'.