Australian Bureau of Statistics
1291.0 - A Guide to Major ABS Classifications, 1998
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/09/1998
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The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) is the standard classification used in Australia and New Zealand for the collection, compilation and publication of statistics by industry.
ANZSIC is a key component of an integrated statistical framework, providing a standard framework for classifying establishments (e.g. individual mines, shops, factories, etc) and other statistical units by industry in official statistics. It is the means by which each establishment is classified to the same industry in all statistical collections in which it is included.
Notion of industry
The objective when developing an industrial classification is to identify groupings of businesses undertaking similar economic activities. Subject to certain criteria being met (economic significance and compliance with international standards), each such grouping defines an industry. The similar economic activities characterising the businesses concerned are referred to as primary activities. Each individual business is assigned an appropriate industry category on the basis of its predominant activities.
The ANSZIC structure comprises four levels: Divisions (the broadest level), Subdivisions, Groups and Classes (the finest level). At the Divisional level the main purpose is to provide a limited number of categories presenting a broad overall picture of the economy and suitable for publication in summary tables in official statistics. The Subdivision, Group and Class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of the broad categories.
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The ANZSIC replaced the Australian Standard Industrial Classification (ASIC) in 1993.
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