1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Productivity

INNOVATION

In 2008-09, more than one third of firms in Australia (35%) introduced an innovation to their business. The most frequently implemented innovation was the introduction of new or significantly improved organisational or managerial processes (19% of businesses), followed by new or significantly improved goods or services (18%).

Certain types of businesses were more likely to innovate than others. Two out of five businesses in the wholesale trade (44%) and manufacturing (42%) industries introduced an innovation in 2008-09, compared with 26% of businesses in the construction industry.

Larger businesses were more likely to innovate than smaller businesses. Innovations were introduced by 61% of businesses with 200 or more employees in 2008-09, compared with 28% of businesses with fewer than five employees.


Proportion of businesses innovating - 2008-09

Businesses which introduced any new or significantly improved:
%

Goods or services
18.2
Operational processes
16.3
Organisational/managerial processes
19.4
Marketing methods
17.2
Innovating businesses
35.0

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