Trade in services Australia 2011
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publishes official statistics on Australia’s trade in international services, compiled using international standards set out by the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. The ABS publishes trade in services data on a monthly basis in the publication, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (catalogue 5368.0) and on a quarterly basis in the publication Balance of Payments, Australia (catalogue 5302.0). More detailed data is available upon request, although the amount of information (either published or unpublished) is limited, especially when compared with the wealth of data that is available on merchandise trade statistics.
The ABS and other Australian Government Departments also publish other services related data that can be used to provide a more detailed picture of Australia’s trade in services with the world. Users need to keep in mind that such statistics are generally not directly compatible with the ABS reported trade in services statistics because they are not compiled within the framework established by international standards for balance of payment statistics.
This publication presents the detailed official ABS trade in services data as well as a range of other statistics that are available to users interested in Australia’s trade in services.
The first five sections provide the detailed official statistics on Australia’s trade in services for the most recent periods, usually the past three years. Historical data in Section 11 summarises the broad aggregates back 20 years. Longer time series data for Sections 1 to 5 are available in electronic format and can be obtained from either DFAT’s market information service or the ABS website.
Sections 6 to 9 present data on trade in services that are available from other sources. Information boxes have been provided to help users understand the differences between these statistics and those in Sections 1 to 5. Data have been sourced from: the ABS publications, Tourism Satellite Accounts (catalogue 5249.0); Overseas Arrivals and Departures (catalogue 3401.0); International Investment Position, Australia: Supplementary Statistics (catalogue. 5352.0); Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Australian Education International (AEI) Student enrolment data; Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Student visa data and Tourism Research Australia (TRA) International Visitors Survey.