This release presents key indicators on the incidence of use of information technology and innovation in Australian business, as collected by the 2008-09 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 biennially (i.e. in alternating years). The 2008-09 BCS collected detailed information relating to the innovation activities of Australian businesses.
STRUCTURE OF THIS RELEASE
There are two components to this release: summary information for 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 BCS 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.
FUTURE RELEASES FROM THE 2008-09 BCS
More detailed and final estimates will be released later in 2010 via Innovation in Australian Business (cat. no. 8158.0) and Selected Characteristics of Australian Business (cat. no. 8167.0).
For further information about these and related statistics, contact Andrew Puljic on Perth (08) 9360 5229.