This release presents key indicators on the incidence of use of information technology and innovation in Australian business, as collected by the 2006-07 Business Characteristics Survey (BCS).
Collection of these data using the BCS vehicle is part the ABS' Integrated Business Characteristics Strategy (IBCS). This strategy integrates the collection and quality assurance of data required for input into the Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) and the production of point in time estimates for business use of information technology (BUIT), innovation and a broad range of other non-financial business characteristics. A key part of the IBCS is the production of annual BUIT and business innovation indicators, with a more detailed set of items for each of these topics collected every second year (i.e. in alternating years). The 2006-07 BCS collected detailed information relating to the incidence of innovation in Australian business.
This release contains a range of summary indicators of business use of IT and innovation. More detailed information for these and other business characteristics will be released in the forthcoming months. Please refer to Explanatory Note 30. While this release contains measures on the incidence of use of IT and innovation, detailed analysis on the intensity and impact of these on business performance is being undertaken and will be released by the ABS as it is completed. Please refer to Explanatory Note 36.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE: INTRODUCTION OF UPDATED INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION
The estimates in this release are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition. Estimates in the previous issue of this release were based on the 1993 version of ANZSIC. As a consequence of this change, estimates in this release are not directly comparable with those in the previous issue. More information about this change is provided in the Appendix - Changes to Industry Classification: Comparability with previous outputs. As an aid in analysis, a selection of key 2006-07 indicators shown on an ANZSIC93 basis are included in the Appendix.
STRUCTURE OF THIS RELEASE
There are two components to this release: summary information on IT and Innovation; and data cubes. The data cubes contain detailed tables for the data that underpins the tables, graphs and commentary included in the summary information sections.
An important aim of the IBCS is to release estimates for key indicators within 12 months of the reference date. While every effort has been made to ensure that the data included in this release are final, further quality assurance may result in some minor changes to estimates. If estimates are revised, the relevant data will be appropriately annotated in subsequent releases from the 2006-07 BCS. Please refer to Explanatory Note 30 for details of these releases.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.