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National Classifications


(SITC)

Country / Area: Australia

Classification category: Product classifications

 
General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)N/A
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?None
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.N/A
 
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?SITC Rev. 3: 3,000
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.N/A
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.United Nations Statistical Division
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Classification Manager, International Trade Section, Australian Bureau of Statistics
ph: 61 2 6252 5409
fax: 61 2 6252 7438
email: international.trade@abs.gov.au
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.www.abs.gov.au
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)Unknown
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.International changes are implemented when they are announced by the appropriate international organisation.
 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.Broad level trade statistics are published by the ABS by SITC Rev. 3.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)Statistical data are collected according to the Harmonized System HS), but broad level trade statistics are published on a SITC Rev 3 basis.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?SITC Rev 3 is a 5 digit classification. In Australia trade statistics are at the broad 1 digit and 2 digit level. Statistics are available on request down to the 5 digit level on a fee for service basis.
 
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)English
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes, SITC classification codes are available electronically
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)No.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsN/A
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))No.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?N/A
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?N/A
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Standard International Trade Classification Rev. 2 (SITC Rev. 2)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?They were based on the international classifications of the time.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?N/A
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Unknown
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone

Source: UN questionnaire, 28/11/2000