8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
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INNOVATION-ACTIVE BUSINESSES

Summary of innovative activity in Australian business, by employment size(a), 2011-12

0-4 persons
5-19 persons
20-199 persons
200 or more persons
Total

Estimated number of businesses(b) '000
478
232
63
4
776
Businesses that introduced innovation (innovating businesses)(c) %
33.4
51.2
63.6
69.2
41.3
Businesses with innovative activity that was:(c)
still in development(d) %
19.7
31.3
38.5
54.3
24.9
abandoned %
5.8
9.0
7.5
5.0
6.9
Businesses with any innovative activity (innovation-active businesses) %
38.8
56.3
68.7
76.0
46.6

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Business counts are provided for contextual information only, and the total may not sum to the total of the components due to rounding. Refer to Explanatory Notes 20 and 21.
(c) Businesses may be counted in more than one category.
(d) As at the end of the reference period 30 June 2012.


During 2011-12, the proportion of innovation-active businesses increased with each successive employment size range. For example, of businesses with 0-4 persons employed, 39% reported being innovation-active compared with 76% of businesses with 200 or more persons employed.

Diagram: Innovation-active businesses

During the year ended 30 June 2012, businesses in the Information media and telecommunications industry were most likely to report undertaking innovative activity, at 60%. Three industries had less than 45% of businesses report being innovation-active, with businesses in Transport, postal and warehousing being the least likely overall to report undertaking any innovative activity in 2011-12 (29%).





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