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Sources and methods - Annual

Australian System of National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods
Reference period
2020-21 financial year

14.111    The table below outlines the data sources and methods used in the estimation of annual acquisitions less disposals of non-produced non-financial assets by sector in current prices only. Volume estimates are not calculated for acquisitions less disposals of non-produced non-financial assets.

Table 14.7 Annual capital — Acquisitions less disposals of non-produced non-financial assets
ItemComment
Non-residents
 Estimates are sourced directly from Balance of Payments statistics.
General government
 

Estimates for General Government are sourced from the Government Finance Statistics.  Data are derived from administrative sources such as the Commonwealth Department of Finance State government treasuries   and the financial statements of public universities. 

For local government, a joint ABS/Commonwealth Grants Commission annual return is collected from each local government authority. 

Public corporations 
 

Estimates for public non-financial corporations are sourced from Government Finance Statistics and compiled from annual financial statements and Auditors'-General Reports. 

Estimates for Public Financial Corporation from 2011 and prior is compiled based on the Economic Activity Survey. Post 2011 estimates have been discontinued due to the level of significance.  

Households
 Household acquisitions less disposals of non-produced non-financial assets are derived by identifying known transactions between the general government sector and household sector using data from Government Finance Statistics.
Private non-financial corporations
 Derived as the difference between the total acquisitions less disposals of non-produced non-financial assets for non-residents, general government, public non-financial corporations and households.
Private financial corporations
 Not compiled due to the lack of data available.