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Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4

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)Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4 (SITC R4).
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.Information about the international version of SITC can be accessed at the following web address:
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 SITC is a five-level classification containing 11 Sections, 67 Divisions and multiple Groups, Subgroups, and Basic Headings. Two of the sections are described as I - Gold, monetary and II - Gold coin and current coin.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.A one-digit coding level is used at the Section level (eg. 7 - Machinery and transport equipment). A two-digit code is used at the Division level (eg. 73 - Metalworking machinery). A three-digit code is used at the Group level (eg. 731 - Machine tools working by removing metal or other material). A four-digit code is used at the Subgroup level with the final digit separated from the first three digits by a full-stop (eg. 731.4 - Way-type unit head machines; other machine tools for drilling or boring). A five-digit code is used at the Basic heading level with the final two digits separated from the first three digits by a full-stop (eg. 731.41 - Way-type unit head machines).
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.The SITC is an international standard classification.
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 ABS uses a version of SITC that is modified for Australian statistical purposes (including a category to hold data on commodity values that have been confidentialised due to a lack of contributing units to the estimate.
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.See above.
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.)All levels of the SITC can be used for international reporting.
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.Not applicable.
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 SITC is used for the purpose of producing the international trade statistics including the Merchandise Trade Exports and Imports.
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.)SITC Rev. 4 was introduced on the 26th May 2008.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.May 2008.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?SITC will be updated in line with future revisions to SITC internationally.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Standard International Trade Classification Revision 3 (SITC Rev. 3).
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsSITC Rev. 3 is an international classification.
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))Information regarding differences between SITC Rev. 3 and SITC Rev. 4 can be accessed by following the link below:
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?SITC Rev. 4 was introduced with release of July 2008 data, including producing a time series from July 2005 onwards.
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.Data are no longer available on a SITC Rev.3 basis. A correspondence of all Harmonized System codes (AHECC and Customs Tariff) is available for codes open up to December 2011. Data is available in time series spreadsheets (1, 2, 3 digit levels) in 5368.0 up to June 2005.
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)?Yes.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, see below:
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes (see above link).
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationUnited Nations Statistics Division
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 relevantNot applicable.

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/22/2012