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(ANZSIC96 NZ Use V4.0)

Country / Area: New Zealand

Classification category: Activity 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?In general the concepts, principles and methods of application adopted in ANZSIC96 are consistent with those in ISIC Rev 3. One significant difference is the placement of Sewerage and Drainage Services; in ISIC Rev 3 this placed in O9000 Sewerage and refuse disposal sanitation and similar activities. In ANZSIC96 these activities are grouped with Utilities in Division D Electricity, Gas and Water Supply.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The structure of ANZSIC - divisions, subdivisions, groups and classes - is comparable with, or convertible to, the sections, divisions, groups and classes of ISIC. Differences in structure exist to more appropriately reflect the structure of the Australian and New Zealand economies, and to meet specific statistical needs. ISIC contains 17 sections, 60 divisions, 159 groups, and 292 classes. In comparison ANZSIC96 NZ Use V4.0 consists of 18 divisions, 54 subdivisions, 163 groups, 460 classes and 481 subclasses (these counts include the 5 residual categories, which are for survey responses that cannot be classified to a normal classification category eg don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope and not stated. ANZSIC96 V4.0 has one more level than the ABS ANZSIC which allows New Zealand to have some categories for specifically New Zealand industries. Compared to ISIC Rev 3, ANZSIC96 Version 4 is more detailed at the lower level (i.e. subclass), but is similar at the broader levels.
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?481
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Statistics New Zealand makes changes at the most detailed level of the classification (subclass), sometimes creating categories for New Zealand use. Changes at a more aggregated level would be done in conjunction with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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)Chris Toohey (Manager, Classifications and Standards)
Email: chris_toohey@stats.govt.nz
Facsimile: 64 3 374 8723
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.stats.govt.nz
Information on SNZ classifications is located at: http://www.stats.govt.nz/domino/external/web/carsweb.nsf/
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.)The classification was adopted in it original form in 1993, then changes made to better suit New Zealand conditions to create ANZSIC 1996 NZ Use. ANZSIC has been implemented in survey outputs and is being progressively implemented in survey designs as surveys are redesigned.
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.A joint revision of ANZSIC with the ABS, commenced in January 2000 and is expected to be completed by December 2002. This revision has been undertaken to enable ANZSIC to address conceptual problems and to better reflect the current and future Australian and New Zealand economies.
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.ANZSIC is used as the basis for compiling and disseminating all industry-based statistical data in the ABS and Statistics New Zealand. Within SNZ it is used in the compilation of economic statistics, including surveys covering agriculture, manufacturing, construction, finance, services, and wholesale and retail trade. National Accounts statistics incorporate an input-output analysis which takes account of industry. ANZSIC96 V4.0 is also used for some household surveys including the labour force survey and the population census.
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.)SNZ maintains a list of all businesses for the purpose of sourcing survey and census collection populations. Each business is allocated an ANZSIC96 V4.0 subclass. The population census and some social surveys also code activities using ANZSIC96 V4.0. As mentioned previously, economic survey areas (e.g. agriculture, mining, manufacturing, finance, retail and wholesale trade, etc) utilise ANZSIC96 V4.0 extensively. The ANZSIC96 V4.0 subclasses are used to define survey populations data is usually output at more aggregated levels.
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?A wide range of economic data and some social data include industry breakdowns; generally at a broad level (e.g. division or subdivision). For some data series statistics are published, or are available, at more detailed levels.
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
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 classificationsYes. Conceptually the ANZSIC is difficult to use. It follows ISIC Rev. 3 guidelines which recommends classifying business units according to a mix of demand and supply-side principles. In practice it has proven to be difficult to delineate which of these concepts should apply to some categories of the classification. The economies of the world have changed significantly in the past decade due to factors such as the emergence of new technologies. This has lead to the adoption of new production processes and the development of new industries, particularly service-based industries. Given ANZSIC was introduced in 1993, and much of its development occurred more than a decade ago, it no longer provides an industry breakdown which reflects current industrial practices.
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))SNZ is in regular contact with the ABS. The ABS has a representative on the United Nations Statistical Commission and has regular contact with other member nations. ABS has been active in the UN Expert Committee on Classifications, and the Technical Subgroup. SNZ is also interested in the UNSD website and will occasionally ask questions by email.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?ANZSIC96 V4.0 is used by:
Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
Accident Compensation Commission
Electricity Supply Companies (Legally required to record industry of customers)
Local Authorities (City Councils, District Councils)
Some banking institutions
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?N/A
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere. 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 1987 (NZSIC 1987)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic activities, Second Revision (ISIC Rev. 2)
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?NZSIC87 linked to ISIC Rev 2 at the most detailed level of both classifications.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?545
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?1987
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationN/A No longer used

Source: UN/ESCAP questionnaire, 12/1/2000