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8101.0 - Innovation and Technology Update, Dec 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/12/2010   
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4 RECENT RELEASES
4.1 RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, BUSINESS
4.2 RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS
4.3 RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, HIGHER EDUCATION ORGANISATIONS
4.4 RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, ALL SECTOR SUMMARY
4.5 BUSINESS USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (BUIT)
4.6 HOUSEHOLD USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (HUIT)
4.7 INTERNET ACTIVITY SURVEY (IAS)
4.8 INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS
4.9 SUMMARY OF IT USE AND INNOVATION
4.10 SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS OF AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS
4.11 BUSINESS LONGITUDINAL DATABASE, EXPANDED CURF

4.1 RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, BUSINESS

Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia 2008-09 (cat. no. 8104.0) was released on 23 September 2010. Business expenditure on R&D (BERD) was $16,858 million, an increase of 13% in current price terms and 9% in chain volume terms from 2007-08. This increased $1,951 million (13%) from the previous year's revised estimate. A total of 53,556 person years of effort (PYE) were devoted to R&D in 2008-09, up 2,693 PYE or 5% from 2007-08.

4.2 RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS

Research and Experimental Development, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations, Australia 2008 (cat. no. 8109.0) was released on 15 July 2010. Government expenditure on R&D (GOVERD) in 2008-09 was $3,420 million, up 10% in current price terms (from 2006-07) and 4% in chain volume terms. Expenditure on R&D (current prices) increased for Commonwealth government organisations by 10% (to $2,252 million), and for State and Territory government organisations by 11% to $1,169 million from 2006-07. Human resources devoted to R&D in 2008-09 by government organisations totalled 17,042 PYE, an increase of 2% from 2006-07.

4.3 RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, HIGHER EDUCATION ORGANISATIONS

Research and Experimental Development, Higher Education Organisation, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 8111.0) was released on 26 May 2010. In 2008, higher education expenditure on R&D (HERD) was $6,717 million, an increase of 24% from 2006. Higher education human resources devoted to R&D was 61,310 PYE in 2008, up 4% from 2006.

4.4 RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, ALL SECTOR SUMMARY

Research and Experimental Development, All sector summary, Australia 2008-09 (cat. no. 8112.0), was released on 11 October 2010. This release combines results from the individual sectors to provide an overview of total Australian R&D. In 2008-09, Australian gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) was $27.7 billion, an increase of $6.0 billion (or 27%) from 2006-07. Gross human resources devoted to R&D in 2008-09 totalled 136,696 PYE, an increase of 9,994 PYE (or 8%) from 2006-07.

4.5 BUSINESS USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (BUIT)

The latest issue of Business Use of Information Technology, 2007-08 (cat. no. 8129.0) was released on 20 August 2009. Key findings included the fact that while rates of internet access for businesses had remained fairly constant, the proportion of businesses with a broadband connection continued to rise from 90% to 94%. Additionally, while the proportion of businesses receiving orders via the Internet remained relatively steady, the income resulting from orders received over the Internet increased approximately $13 billion, a 20% increase from 2006-07, to $81 billion. The ABS collects BUIT statistics on a biennial basis, and the next release of this publication is expected to be in August 2011.

4.6 HOUSEHOLD USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (HUIT)

The latest publication of Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 8146.0) was released on 16 December 2009. The publication presents results compiled from data collected as part of the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) for 2008-09 and the Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities (CPCLA) survey for April 2009. These results include data on household computer or internet access, personal use of the Internet, and the type of household internet access (from the MPHS), as well as data on use of the Internet and ownership of mobile telephones by children (from the CPCLA). Electronic versions of relevant tables, as well as Relative Standard Error (RSE) tables, where applicable, are available as separate downloads for this release.

Due to a reduction in the frequency of the HUIT collection from annual to biennial, the next publication will be in respect of the 2010-11 financial year to be published in December 2011. Development of HUIT 2010-11 is currently underway with notable additions to HUIT content in the MPHS questionnaire.

4.7 INTERNET ACTIVITY SURVEY (IAS)

Internet Activity, Australia, June 2010 (cat. no. 8153.0) was released on 20 September 2010. Data in this release are sourced from the Internet Activity Survey (IAS), and are based on results from all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) operating in Australia as at 30 June 2010. The IAS provides key statistics on the supply of internet services and the participation of Australians in internet activities, including subscriber numbers by access technology, download speed, state or territory, type of subscriber, and volume of data downloaded. IAS data have recently highlighted key trends in internet subscriptions, including a continuing strong growth in the number of wireless broadband subscribers as well as increasingly higher speeds of connections.

4.8 INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS

The latest issue of Innovation in Australian Business, 2008-09 (cat. no. 8158.0) was released on 26 August 2010. This release is a combination of web based information and data cubes, and reveals that 40% of Australian businesses reported being innovation-active (i.e. those who undertook any innovative activity) in 2008-09. The next release of Innovation in Australian Business will be in August 2012.

4.9 SUMMARY OF IT USE AND INNOVATION

The latest issue of Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2008-09 (cat. no. 8166.0) was released on 24 June 2010. This release includes key annual indicators. The next release of this publication will be in June 2011.

4.10 SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS OF AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS

The most recent issue of the publication, Selected Characteristics of Australian Businesses, 2008-09 (cat. no. 8167.0), was released on 16 September 2010. This release presents summary data for a selection of topics including: nature of business ownership; collaborative arrangements; franchising agreements; performance measures; barriers; government financial assistance, finance sought, innovation, use of information technology, skills, markets and competition. There are two components to this release: web based information and datacubes. The datacubes contain the detailed data that underpins the tables and commentary included in the web based information. Many of the datacubes present data cross-classified by innovation status and industry by employment size. Key findings of the 2008-09 release showed that at least one barrier to general business activities or performance was reported by over half of all businesses. Lower profit margins to remain competitive, and lack of customer demand for goods and services, were the most commonly reported factors hampering general business activities or performance. The next release of this publication is expected to be in September 2011.

4.11 BUSINESS LONGITUDINAL DATABASE, EXPANDED CURF

The aim of the Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) is to facilitate micro level analysis for a panel of small and medium businesses over time, and it includes both characteristics and financial data. Steps to confidentialise the dataset are taken to ensure the integrity of data, optimise its content and maintain confidentiality of respondents. They include removing any information that might uniquely identify an individual, reducing the level of detail for some items and collapsing some categories. The release of the BLD Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) provides information for the first two panels included in the BLD. Panel One contains three reference periods of data (2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07) and Panel Two contains two reference periods of data (2005-06 and 2006-07). This CURF is available via the ABS' Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL). The RADL is accessible for authorised users via the ABS website. Users should refer to the CURF Microdata entry page.


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