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Australian Business Expectations Survey

Name of Collection

Australian Business Expectations Survey


Assistant Director
Data Management and Dissemination
Economy Wide Statistics Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10

Telephone: Canberra 02 6252 5288
Facsimile: Canberra 1800 999 310
Internet: www.abs.gov.au


To provide information about expected business conditions and confidence in Australia.


This survey provides estimates of future economic activity based on the expectations of senior executives, managers and proprietors of businesses operating in Australia. It provides both a qualitative indicator of business confidence (a weighted net balance) and a quantitative measure of expected change (a weighted aggregate) for a range of business performance indicators. The survey is conducted by mail questionnaire each quarter. It is based on a stratified random sample of approximately 3,000 employing businesses of all sizes, in all industries except General Government and Agriculture.

Data Detail

Expected weighted aggregate percentage change and weighted net balance indicators are provided with respect to the next quarter (compared with the current quarter), and the same quarter of the following year (compared with the current quarter).

The following indicators are provided:

  • Operating income;
  • Selling prices;
  • Profits;
  • Capital expenditure;
  • Inventories;
  • Employment;
  • Wage costs and non-wage labour costs; and
  • Other operating costs.

    Data are available for the above items for the transport, storage and communication industry.

    Geographic Coverage

    Australia, States and Territories.

    Frequency of Data Availability

    Data are released quarterly.

    Historical Data

    Data were first published in December 1993 (for short-term expectations), and September 1994 (for medium-term expectations).

    Products and Services

    Australian Business Expectations (cat. no. 5250.0)
    Special data services are available on request.

    Example of Information Available

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