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Other sources of data on video and online markets

As well as the data published and updated by Screen Australia, information on the home entertainment industry is available from other sources. Find out more below.

Historical data compiled from these sources by Screen Australia and its predecessor agency the Australian Film Commission is available In the archive.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s official national statistical agency.

A wide range of information can be accessed through the ABS website free of charge, including census data, reports from one-off and ongoing surveys and time series spreadsheets. Most of the publications are identified by a catalogue number.

Unpublished data may also be accessed, for a charge, from the ABS.

Screen Australia and its predecessor, the Australian Film Commission, previously compiled time-series benchmarks using ABS data. Links to this historical data in the Screen Australia website archive are provided below. The figures should be used with caution as methodologies may have changed and revisions may have occurred.

Video Hire Industry, Australia (cat. no. 8562.0): This publication presents results for the 1999/00 financial year from the ABS Service Industry Survey (SIS) of businesses mainly engaged in hiring pre-recorded video cassettes for personal use. This was the first release of this publication and no future releases are scheduled. Screen Australia published selected data from the report.

Download the full report from the ABS website, including explanatory notes and previous releases

Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association

The Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) – previously known as the Australian Visual Software Distributors Association (AVSDA) – represents wholesale distributors of video product, including VHS, DVD and Blu-ray.

A range of information can be accessed on the AHEDA website, including wholesale sales statistics to the rental and retail markets.

Screen Australia and its predecessor, the Australian Film Commission, previously compiled time-series benchmarks using data from AVSDA. Links to this historical data in the Screen Australia website archive are provided below. The figures should be used with caution as methodologies may have changed and revisions may have occurred.

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is a statutory authority within the Federal Government, responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the internet, radio communications and telecommunications. It was established on 1 July 2005 by the merger of the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) and the Australian Communications Authority.

A range of publications, reports and policy documents can be accessed on the ACMA website.

Screen Australia and its predecessor, the Australian Film Commission, previously compiled time-series benchmarks using data from ACMA. Links to this historical data in the Screen Australia website archive are provided below. The figures should be used with caution as methodologies may have changed and revisions may have occurred.

Communications Report: Published each year since 2005/06, this report provides an overview of the communications industry’s performance along with key statistics.
Read the Communications Report 2012–13 on ACMA website

Classification website

A range of information relating to classification can be accessed through the Australian Government’s Classification website.

This includes material from the Classification Board, a statutory authority within the Federal Government that is responsible for the classification of all film and computer games before they are made legally available to the public – a role previously performed by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC).

Screen Australia and its predecessor, the Australian Film Commission, previously compiled time-series benchmarks using the Classification Board and OFLC data. Links to the historical data are provided below. The figures should be used with caution as methodologies may have changed and revisions may have occurred.

Classification Board Annual Report: Information about the numbers of videos and interactive games titles submitted for classification can be sourced from the annual reports of the Classification Board and the Classification Review Board.
Access annual reports on the Classification website.