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Every effort has been made to reduce non-sampling error to a minimum by careful design of questionnaires, appropriate methodology and contact with providers to resolve anomalies. Response rates are generally very high which in turn increases the accuracy and level of the data which can be released for users. Thorough editing of the data received is undertaken to ensure that the integrity of the collection is upheld.
Occasionally reporting and classification errors are identified from previous cycles and where possible these are revised if they have a significant impact on the data. In this release, no revisions were applied.
There are no other data sources currently available which can be directly compared to the VC&LSPE survey data. However, some observations can be made which suggests the survey outputs give a reasonable indication of real world expectations and events. For example, trends in VC&LSPE survey data aligning with trends in the AVCAL yearbook.
While the ABS seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to the survey, sound survey practise requires ongoing development to maintain the integrity of the data, its relevance to the changing needs of users and the efficiency of the collection.
In addition to non-sampling errors, there are factors which may affect the comparability of recent estimates with those of previous cycles and these should be taken into consideration when looking at estimates across years. For example, the 2012-13 publication was the first cycle to use the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006 (ANZSIC06). This introduced a break in series for the industry information, as the classifications cannot be directly compared.
There are no international standards that relate to growth capital statistics. However, in several countries, national industry associations conduct surveys of their members using a common core set of questions maintained by Thomson Economics. The VC&LSPE survey adopts a number of definitions from the Thomson Economics survey (e.g. stage of investment), modified for Australian industry and user needs.
Data providers self classify industry information using ANZSIC06 and Standard and Poors' Global Industry Classification Standard for types of activity. The ABS makes every effort to ensure correct and consistent interpretation and reporting of these data and applies consistent processing methodologies.
In addition to main features (which include key findings commentary) resulting from the VC&LSPE survey, a PDF version of the findings and time series data (in spreadsheet format) are included on the ABS website free of charge. See the Downloads page for this issue.
If the information you require is not available as a standard product, inquiries can be made by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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