Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate this page
ABS Home > Statistics > By Release Date
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2008-09 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/06/2010   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product
24 June, 2010
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra Time)

Value of orders received over the Internet up 52%: ABS

Australian business Internet income increased by 52% in the twelve months to 2008-09, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The value of these orders represents $123 billion, up from $81 billion in 2007-08.

Twenty-seven per cent of all business received orders via the Internet. This equated to 193,000 businesses in Australia, an increase of approximately 25,000 businesses over twelve months.

Businesses reporting a web presence increased from 36% to 42%. The majority of all large businesses had a web presence (95%), compared to almost one-third of micro businesses (31%).

Innovation in Australian business

Australian businesses reduced their innovative activity by 11% in 2008-09, including the development or introduction of new or significantly improved goods, services, processes or methods. New marketing methods was the only broad type of innovation to record a noticeable increase compared to the previous year.

Large businesses were more than twice as likely to undertake innovative activity than micro businesses (67% compared to 33%).

Over half of all business in the Wholesale trade industry reported being innovation-active, the highest of any industry.

Further information is available in Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business (cat. no. 8166.0).

Media Note:
When reporting ABS data the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.

Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window

Commonwealth of Australia 2016

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.