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INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS - SUMMARY

Summary of innovative activity in Australian business(a), key indicators, 2009 - 10 and 2010 - 11

2009-10
2010-11

Estimated number of businesses (b) '000
776
764
Businesses which introduced any new or significantly improved:(c)
goods or services %
19.8
17.3
operational processes %
16.9
16.4
organisational/managerial processes %
20.7
18.9
marketing methods %
16.7
16.8
Businesses which introduced innovation (innovating businesses) %
38.6
33.3
Businesses with innovative activity which was:
still in development %
19.9
19.6
abandoned %
7.3
5.7
Businesses with any innovative activity (innovation-active businesses) %
43.8
39.1

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Business counts are provided for contextual information only, please refer to Explanatory Notes 20 and 21.
(c) Businesses may be counted in more than one category.



Innovation-active businesses

Innovation-active businesses are those which had undertaken any innovative activity during the reference period, including businesses which introduced any of the four types of innovation, and/or work on the innovation was still in development at the end of the period, and/or abandoned during the period. The proportion of businesses which were innovation-active (i.e. those which undertook any innovative activity) in 2010-11 was 39%, a decrease of five percentage points from the previous year.


Innovating businesses

Innovating businesses are those which introduced any of the four types of innovation during the 2010-11 reference period.

During the year ended 30 June 2011, 33% of Australian businesses reported introducing at least one type of innovation, a decrease of six percentage points from the previous year.


Innovation still in development

One in five businesses reported some form of innovative activity that was still in development as at 30 June 2011.


Abandoned innovation

During the year ended 30 June 2011, 6% of businesses reported abandoning at least one type of innovative activity, a decrease of one percentage point from 2009-10.





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