2021 Enhancing the quality of Australia's international trade statistics

Closed 19 Oct 2021

Opened 5 Oct 2021

Overview

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) produces a broad range of data on Australia’s economic interactions with the rest of the world. ABS international trade data measures the value of both goods (merchandise) and services imported and exported to and from Australia.

Australia’s international trade has been growing steadily over recent years, and so has demand from data users for timely, robust and representative statistics.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only heightened interest in trade data, but has also had substantial impact on the quality and availability of key source data used in the compilation of international trade in services statistics.

To meet both the current demand for data and ensure trade statistics are representative, the ABS are seeking input from data users, organisations and the community on:

  • the content and timing of the monthly international merchandise trade publication; and
  • prioritising projects to enhance the quality of international trade in services statistics.

We recommend you first read the paper Enhancing the quality of Australia’s International Trade Statistics for important background information.

 

How to make a submission

To make your submission you will need to review the consultation papers attached and complete the online survey linked below.

If you have any questions or issues accessing the survey, please contact us at: international.trade@abs.gov.au.

 

Consultation papers

International merchandise trade publication options 

International trade in services statistics enhancements

Why your views matter

Information obtained from this consultation will be used to determine the final content and timing of the future monthly international merchandise trade publication, effective from the January 2022 reference month. 

This information will also assist the ABS prioritise projects to enhance the quality of international trade in services statistics.

What happens next

The information gathered from this consultation will be used to determine the final content and timing of the monthly International Merchandise Trade, Australia publication (effective from the January 2022 reference month); and to assist the ABS to prioritise projects to enhance measures of international trade in services.

A summary of the findings from this consultation will be made available on the ABS consultation hub. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.

Audiences

  • Media
  • General Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Data Users

Interests

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Industry
  • Customer Feedback