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Help: How to interpret ABS Catalogue Numbers
 

    The ABS Catalogue Number uniquely identifies each title in the ABS product range.

    Catalogue number breakdown

    Mapping of Subject to Catalogue Number

    Mapping of State/Territory extensions to the Catalogue Number


    CATALOGUE NUMBER BREAKDOWN




    First number represents the broad Subject groupSecond number represents the Subject sub-groupThird & Fourth numbers are internal to ABSFifth number after the dot represents the State or TerritoryOther numbers after this indicate the media and format


    Example:

    Catalogue Number: 3234.3 refers to the publication called 'Population for Queensland'.

      The first number - 3 refers to the subject Demography
      The second number - 2 to the subject sub-group Population trends and estimates
      The third and the fourth numbers are internally allocated for use by the ABS.
      The fifth number after the dot - 3 represents the Australian State or Territory, in this example to Queensland
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MAPPING OF SUBJECT TO CATALOGUE NUMBER


First number
SubjectFirst two numbers Subject Subgroups
1
General
11
Directories, Catalogues and Guides
12
Classifications and Work Manuals
13
Year books and other multi-subject publications
2
Census (Census of Population and Housing - Publications, products and services from the 5-yearly Census of Population and Housing)
20
Census statistical products and services (eg. Basic Community Profiles, Snapshots, Selected Social & Housing Characteristics)
29
Census reference products and services
3
Demography
31
Demography (general)
32
Population trends and estimates
33
Vital statistics
34
Migration and Overseas arrivals and departures
4
Social Statistics
41
Social statistics (general)
42
Education
43
Health
44
Welfare and social services
45
Crime and justice
46
Environment
47
Indigenous statistics
48
Health (continued from the 43 subgroup)
49
Social statistics general (continued from the 41 subgroup)
5
National Accounts, International Trade and Finance
52
National accounts
53
Balance of payments and international investment
54
International Trade
55
Public sector accounts
56
Finance
6
Labour Statistics and Prices
61
Labour Statistics - General
62
Labour force
63
Earnings, hours and employment conditions
64
Prices
65
Consumer income and expenditure
7
Agriculture
71
Agricultural statistics - General
72
Livestock & livestock products
75
Agricultural financial statistics and value of products
8
Secondary Industry and Distribution
81
Industry wide statistics
82
Manufacturing and energy - General
83
Manufacturing commodity production
84
Mining
85
Service industries (including tourism)
86
87
Building and construction
89
Other agencies (publications produced by other agencies but with an agreement to be sold through the ABS bookshop)
9
Transport Services
92
Transport services
93
Motor vehicle registrations

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MAPPING OF STATE/TERRITORY EXTENSIONS TO CATALOGUE NUMBER

Fifth NumberState/Territory extensions
.0
Australia - nation wide (may also contain some state/territory statistics)
.1
New South Wales
.2
Victoria
.3
Queensland
.4
South Australia
.5
Western Australia
.6
Tasmania
.7
Northern Territory
.8
Australian Capital Territory
.9
External Territories*
*The other External Territories, Norfolk Island and minor islands such as Heard and McDonald Islands, are outside the scope of the Australian Census.
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