Australian Bureau of Statistics
8167.0 - Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2008-09 Quality Declaration
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When assessing business performance, 17% of businesses reported not focusing on financial measures at all, and 18% of businesses reported not focusing on cost measures at all, while the most commonly reported measure focused on to a major extent was quality (40%). Only 10% of businesses reported focusing on environmental measures to a major extent when assessing business performance.
At employment size level, 79% of businesses with 200 or more persons reported focusing on financial measures to a major extent, compared to 28% for businesses with 0-4 persons employed.
At industry level, the highest proportion of businesses focusing on quality measures to a major extent was in Manufacturing, at 47%. Electricity, gas, water and waste services reported the highest proportion of businesses which focused on environmental measures to a major extent (41%).
Innovation-active businesses (39%) were almost twice as likely to focus on cost measures to a major extent than non innovation-active businesses (20%).
Changes in business performance and activities
Businesses were provided with a list of measures and performance indicators and were asked to self-assess whether any of these had decreased, stayed the same, or increased compared to the previous year. An additional option of not applicable was also provided. Businesses were asked to select one indicator for each performance measure.
In 2008-09, 39% of businesses reported an increase in income from sale of goods or services compared to the previous year, ranging from 34% for businesses with 0-4 persons employed to 62% for businesses with 200 or more persons employed. Over a third of businesses (36%) reported a decrease in profitability since 2007-08.
At industry level, businesses in Financial and insurance services were most likely to have reported a decrease in profitability, at 50%. In contrast, 17% of businesses within Health care and social assistance reported a decrease in profitability.
Over a third of innovation-active businesses (34%) increased their productivity since last year, compared with 16% of non innovation-active businesses.
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