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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?The ANZSCC follows the structure of the CPC to its Group (three-digit) level, with only three exceptions*. All exceptions are either aggregations or disaggregations of CPC Groups, and result from important user requirements or local data supply problems.

* ANZSCC 328 is a combination of CPC 323 and 324
* ANZSCC 297 is a combination of CPC 293 and 295
* CPC 531 was split into ANZSCC 534 and 535

1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.ANZSCC corresponds to three-digit level of the CPC with three exceptions (see above). Below the three-digit level of the CPC, ANZSCC has aggregations or disaggregations of CPC , and these result from important user requirements or local data supply.
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 most detailed level is the 9 digit code which numbers 1450 classes.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes, one to one correspondence from one to the three-digit level of the CPC with three exceptions (see above).
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Statistics New Zealand (StatsNZ).
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)Lyn Blair (Director, Economic Standards Section)
Email: lyn.blair@abs.gov.au
Facsimile: 61 2 6253 1095
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

Information on ABS classifications is located in the 'Statistical Concepts Library'. This can be found by choosing the 'Statistics' option on the ABS homepage.

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.)31.03.96
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.The ANZSCC is to be replaced by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Product Classification (ANZSPC) which is planned for publication in the first half of 2001. This revision will closely correspond with CPC Version 1.0, which replaces CPC Provisional, and will take account of changes in user requirements and local data supply. It has been developed taking into account actual experience in data collection from both services and goods providing industries.
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 classification is used by the statistics survey sections in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Economic Statistics Group (e.g. manufacturing, agriculture, mining and utilities, construction, wholesale and retail, transport, services, economy-wide survey, national accounts). It is also an important part of the product balancing undertaken as part of the Input-Output framework for compiling the National Accounts. Outside the ABS, the ANZSCC is used by governments and private organisations for compiling product statistics for diverse purposes (eg conduct of trade and tariff negotiations, analysis of product market shares, procurement processes, and other product classifications).
ANZSCC is similarly used by groups and organisations in Statistics New Zealand (SNZ).
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.)As mentioned previously, economic survey areas (e.g. agriculture, finance, retail and wholesale trade, etc) utilise ANZSCC extensively. In compiling economic statistics ANZSCC is often used at a detailed level (i.e. Level 6, nine-digit code)
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 includes commodity breakdowns, generally at a broad level (e.g. levels 1-3). However, some data, such as agricultural statistics, are published at the most detailed level (Level 6, nine-digit code).
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, up to the Level 3 (three-digit level).
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)ANZSCC is corresponded to the Harmonised System (HS) and the explanatory notes in HS are adopted in the ANZSCC.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThe ANZSCC is deficient in its coverage of the services produced by the service industries sector of the economy (eg technology services), which have experience significant growth in recent years and now form a major component of the economic activity in both Australia and New Zealand. The ANZSPC, based on CPC Version 1.0, will go some way to overcoming this, but as it is a rapidly growing and diversifying area, further updating will continue to be required.
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))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. This arrangement has proven to be beneficial over many years.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?- Australian Productivity Commission - commodity studies and policy advice as requested by the Government
- Department of Finance and Administration - Public Sector procurement
- Industry Associations, eg Manufacturing of textile clothing and footwear - commodity submissions for public enquiries such as commodity dumping, employment in a particular industry, etc.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?N/A
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Australian Standard Commodity Classification (ASCC)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?ASCC was linked to Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) Rev3 and HS
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Six-digit and Eight-digit ASCC items.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?About 1000
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?01.07.84
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone

Source: UN questionnaire, 11/28/2000