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Patterns of Innovation in Australian Businesses, 2005

PATTERNS OF INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES, 2005

Patterns of Innovation in Australian Businesses, 2005 (cat. no. 8163.0) provides an overview of the main patterns of innovation and characteristics of innovating businesses using data from the 2003 and 2005 ABS Innovation Surveys.The proportion of Australian businesses that undertook one or more of the three types of innovation (new goods or services, new operational process and new organisational processes) increased from around 30% of businesses in the 2002 to 2003 calendar years to around 34% of businesses in the 2004 to 2005 calendar years. In the financial year 2004-05, the Mining and Property and business services industries reported the largest proportion of turnover attributed to goods or services innovation among all the industries (about 11% and 10% respectively). Electricity, gas and water services, Construction, Retail trade and Communication industries reported the lowest (about 4% each) in this period.

Out of a total of 49,600 estimated businesses in New South Wales, around 31% were innovators, and out of about 1,910 large businesses, about 60% were innovative.

Distribution of Innovating Businesses by Employment Size by State/Territory(a) – 2004 to 2005(b)

Small businesses
Medium businesses
Large businesses
Total
businesses
Proportion
of businesses
Total
businesses
Proportion
of businesses
Total
businesses
Proportion
of businesses
no.
%
no.
%
no.
%

State/Territory
NSW
38 210
27
9 480
^42
1 910
^60
Vic
25 550
29
8 410
^50
1 800
^43
Qld
18 980
29
6 630
^44
750
^63
SA
6 050
^36
2 700
^50
360
^43
WA
9 690
^30
3 750
^56
560
^36
Tas
1 980
^25
610
*44
90
^48
NT
1 050
^27
240
*53
30
^57
ACT
1 910
^24
450
*38
70
^77
Total
103 420
28
32 270
47
5 570
52

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Total number of businesses is rounded to the nearest 10
(b) Calendar years

Source: Patterns of Innovation in Australian Businesses, 2005 (cat. no. 8163.0)

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