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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
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Copyright © Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2000
1 This publication presents results in respect of the 1999-00 financial year from a census of employing organisations engaged in the motion picture exhibition industry.
2 The collection was a census of all businesses classified to Class 9113, Motion Picture Exhibition, of the 1993 edition of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). This class includes all units mainly engaged in screening motion pictures on film or video tape. It does not include businesses or social clubs owning theatrettes who receive a minor portion of their income from screening motion pictures, or businesses operating cinema or drive-in businesses which receive the majority of their income from sources other than box office receipts, such as the sale of take-away food.
IMPROVEMENTS TO COVERAGE
3 Data in this publication have been adjusted to allow for lags in processing new businesses to the ABS business register, and the omission of some businesses from the business register. The majority of businesses affected and to which the adjustments apply, are small in size.
4 Adjustments have been made to include new businesses in the estimates in the periods in which they commenced operations, rather than when they were processed to the business register. Adjustments of this type will continue to be applied in future periods.
5 Further adjustments have been made for businesses which had been in existence for several years, but, for various reasons, were not previously added to the ABS register. The ABS is remedying these omissions.
6 For more information on these adjustments, please refer to the ABS publication Information Paper: Improvements to ABS Economic Statistics, 1997 (Cat. no. 1357.0).
7 The unit for which statistics were reported in the census was the management unit. The management unit is the highest-level accounting unit within a business, having regard for industry homogeneity, for which accounts are maintained. In nearly all cases it coincides with the legal entity owning the business (i.e. company, partnership trust, sole operator, etc.). In the case of large diversified businesses, however, there may be more than one management unit, each coinciding with a 'division' or 'line of business'. A division or line of business is recognised where separate and comprehensive accounts are compiled for it.
8 The motion picture exhibition industry contains a number of unincorporated joint ventures for the operation of cinemas. Businesses involved in these unincorporated joint ventures reported data relating to their share of the joint venture operations. Care has been taken to ensure that there has been no duplication in data.
9 Data were collected from the Australia-wide operations of each business. Businesses which operated in more than one State or Territory were asked to provide a dissection of the number of cinema screens, total box office receipts, employment, and wages and salaries to enable State and Territory statistics to be compiled and comparisons undertaken.
10 Data contained in the tables of this publication relate to all businesses which operated in Australia at any time during the year ended 30 June 2000. Counts of businesses include only those businesses that were operating at 30 June 2000.
BUSINESSES CEASED DURING THE YEAR
11 A small number of businesses ceased business during the 1999-00 reference period. It is normal ABS procedure to include the contributions of these businesses in the survey output.
RELIABILITY OF DATA
12 Because the census does not have a sample component, the data are not subject to sampling variability. However, other inaccuracies collectively referred to as non-sampling error may affect the data. These non-sampling errors may arise from a number of sources, including:
13 Every effort has been made to reduce non-sampling error to a minimum by careful design and testing of questionnaires, efficient operating procedures and systems, and appropriate methodology.
14 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated; without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
15 This publication is one of a series to be issued in respect of 1999-2000 for a range of cultural services industries. Other publications in this series are:
Botanic gardens, Australia,1999-2000 (cat. no. 8563.0) -issued 23 April 2001
Public Libraries, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8561.0)
Museums, Australia,1999-2000 (cat. no. 8560.0)
Video Hire Outlets, Australia,1999-2000 (cat. no. 8562.0)
Television Industry, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8559.0)
Performing Arts, Australia,1999-2000 (cat. no. 8697.0)
Commercial Art Galleries, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8651.0)
Film and Video Production and Distribution, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8679.0)
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