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Input Output Product Classification

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)Input Output Product Classification (IOPC).
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The classification is available on the ABS webpage:
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?The IOPC itself contains one level. When the IOPC is used in conjunction with the Input Output Product Group (IOPG) it operates within a dual-level classification system. There are 1284 separate IOPC codes divided between 115 product groups in the IOPG classification. The IOPCs are grouped into IOPGs based on industry of origin, which in turn is based upon ANZSIC classification.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Each IOPC code contains an eight-digit code (eg. 01130010)
Each IOPG code contains a four-digit code (eg. 0103)
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.The IOPC is based on products produced by ANZSIC industries and ANZSIC is based upon ISIC. The IOPC corresponds to international classifications CPC, COICOP and HS.
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)The IOPC is indirectly based on international classifications such as the ISIC and ANZSIC. Each IOPC maps to an IOPG, which has a direct one-to-one relationship to the IOIG (Input Output Industry Group classification).The IOIG in turn maps to an ANZSIC class or to a collection of ANZSIC classes.

The IOPC may also be mapped to the international standard COICOP through a correspondence with the SUPC (Supply Use product classification). Each IOPC maps to an SUPC code, which in turn is map to a COICOP code at level 1, level 2 or level 3.

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.There is no inconsistency as such. See 3b) above. The ABS publishes an IOIG to ANZSIC 06 correspondence, as well as an IOPC to IOPG correspondence. Using these two correspondences, one may work out the IOPC to ANZSIC mappings at the ANZSIC class level.

Correspondences between IOPC and SUPC and SUPC correspondence to COICOP are not published so the means for comparing IOPC and COICOP not readily available. However, IOPC is not inconsistent with COICOP, nor are there deviations.

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.)For COICOP, level 3. For ANZSIC classification, at class level.
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.Current plans are to keep using IOPC in the compilation of input-output tables.
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.The IOPC and IOPG are used in the Input-Output Tables, in the Product Details and Main publication respectively. IOPC is used for data collection purposes in the case of special surveys. Regular survey information is captured at ANZSIC level which corresponds to SUPC, which then corresponds to IOPC.

IOPG (aggregation of IOPC) is used for publication in a number of tables related to margins.

The Treasury uses the IOPC during economic modelling that assessed the possible impacts of government policy changes on sectors of the economy.

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.)Not applicable.
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?Not applicable.
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.)The IOPC 2009 and IOPG 2009 are current and were adopted with the 2006-07 release of the Input Output. Various earlier versions of the IOPC exist, and the IOPC has existed for as long as the Input Output table have been published. Exact date of adoption is not clear.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.See 5 (a) above.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Small changes/updates to the IOPC classification occur once a year, should a need for this be identified during the year. Significant structural changes to the IOPC would occur with changes or revisions to International Standards. IOPG would normally be revised when the ANZSIC is updated.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)The IOPC 2005 was superseded by the IOPC 2009, commencing with the 2006-07 release.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsIOPC 2009 has the same conceptual basis as IOPC 2005 but it has correspondence to ANZSIC06 while the IOPC 2005 had correspondence to the ANZSIC93.
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))Structure of IOPC 2005 is similar to the structure of IOPC 2009.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?The former classification applied to IO releases to the 2005-06 and the 2004-05 releases. Prior to this the IOPC 98-99 version was used.
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.No.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No national coding index exists.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, available on website.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes, available on website in .xls format.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationInput-Output Analysis Section, Australian Bureau of Statistics
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryFor further information please contact the National Information and Referral Service by telephone on 1300 135 070.
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNone.

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/20/2012