8167.0 - Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
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BUSINESS STRUCTURE AND ARRANGEMENTS

Statistics on Foreign ownership, Franchising agreements, Working arrangements, and Intellectual property can be accessed via the Downloads tab.


Collaborative arrangements

Businesses were asked if they were involved in collaborative arrangements with other businesses or organisations during the year ended 30 June 2014.


Collaborative arrangements, by employment size(a)(b), 2013-14

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

Joint research and development
2.7
1.9
4.2
9.8
2.6
Joint buying
0.4
1.8
2.9
6.8
1.1
Joint production of goods or services
2.9
3.0
3.9
9.6
3.1
Integrated supply chain(c)
0.9
1.3
1.2
7.1
1.1
Joint marketing or distribution
2.4
5.3
6.1
13.0
3.6
Other collaborative arrangements
1.6
1.6
2.7
4.4
1.7
Any collaborative arrangements
7.8
10.1
13.8
28.7
9.1

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Businesses could identify more than one type of collaborative arrangement.
(c) Integrated supply chain refers to ongoing coordinated activities between two or more businesses to maximise the storage and production efficiency of a mutual client.


Overall, 9% of businesses had some type of collaborative arrangement during the year ended 30 June 2014. The most common type of collaborative arrangement was joint marketing or distribution (4%), followed by joint production of goods or services and joint research and development (both 3%). Businesses with 200 or more persons employed were more than three times as likely to have a collaborative arrangement than businesses with 0-4 persons employed (29% compared to 8%).

Businesses in the Information media and telecommunications industry were most likely to be involved in any type of collaborative arrangement (20%). Businesses in the Professional, scientific and technical services industry were most likely to be involved with joint research and development (8%), while businesses in Rental, hiring and real estate services were most likely to report joint marketing or distribution (10%).

Innovation-active businesses (15%) were almost four times more likely to be involved in any collaborative arrangements than non innovation-active businesses (4%).

Further statistics relating to collaborative arrangements can be accessed via the Downloads tab.