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APPENDIX CHANGES TO INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION COMPARABILITY WITH PREVIOUS OUTPUTS


CHANGE IN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION: COMPARABILITY WITH PREVIOUS OUTPUTS

1 One of the criteria used in defining the scope of businesses included in the Business Characteristics Survey (BCS) is industry. The industry classification used is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). For the 2006-07 BCS, the 2006 edition of ANZSIC was used to define scope (and consequently classify outputs). Therefore, the estimates in the body of this release and in the associated data cubes are based on that edition. The previous iteration of this survey (2005-06 BCS) used the 1993 edition of ANZSIC. For more detail about scope on an ANZSIC 2006 basis, please refer to Explanatory Notes 10 and 11.

2 ANZSIC 2006 was developed to provide a more contemporary industrial classification system taking into account issues such as changes in the structure and composition of the economy, changing user demands and compatibility with major international classification standards. For more information, please refer to Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition (cat. no. 1292.0).

3 The scope of the BCS when conducted on the ANZSIC 1993 basis was all business entities in the Australian economy, except for:

      ANZSIC93 Division A Agriculture, forestry and fishing
      ANZSIC93 Division M Government administration and defence
      ANZSIC93 Division N Education
      ANZSIC93 Subdivision 97 Private households employing staff
      ANZSIC93 Class 7340 Financial asset investors
      ANZSIC93 Class 7412 Superannuation funds
      ANZSIC93 Class 9610 Religious organisations

4 Generally, the 2005-06 and 2006-07 iterations of the BCS included the same range of industries in their scope. However, as part of moving to ANZSIC06, some minor changes to the scope of the 2006-07 BCS were also made to exclude businesses which didn't operate in the market place (for example, interest groups). These changes were predominantly in the ANZSIC93 Divisions P (Cultural and recreational services) and Q (Personal and other services). These changes will apply in future cycles of the BCS.

5 While the impact on overall Australian level estimates has been minimal, they are sufficiently different for data not to be directly comparable. For example, the estimated number of businesses in scope of the 2006-07 BCS on an ANZSIC93 based scope is 719,000. By comparison, the estimated number of businesses in scope of the 2006-07 BCS on an ANZSIC06 based scope is 708,000.

6 The following tables show data from the 2006-07 BCS on an ANZSIC93 based scope and are provided to assist users in making a comparison between the 2005-06 and 2006-07 iterations of the BCS.

Summary of use of information technology by Australian businesses(a), by selected business characteristics - ANZSIC93 basis - 2006-07

Businesses with:
Businesses with Internet access and
Businesses which:
Estimated number of businesses (b)
Internet access
web presence
broadband as the main type of Internet connection(c)
placed orders via the Internet or web
received orders via the Internet or web
'000
%
%
%
%
%

Employment size
0-4 persons
449
83.3
24.0
89.1
33.3
19.3
5-19 persons
210
89.7
44.5
93.2
48.3
28.9
20-199 persons
56
98.5
67.1
93.6
52.5
29.5
200 or more persons
3
99.9
95.4
99.3
70.2
26.0
Industry
Mining
*3
91.0
^44.7
90.7
^35.0
*16.1
Manufacturing
57
86.9
44.4
88.3
43.8
34.9
Electricity, gas and water supply
1
89.6
^57.9
95.0
^41.4
16.7
Construction
117
83.9
14.9
91.9
26.8
15.9
Wholesale trade
46
93.4
47.4
90.9
47.3
40.5
Retail trade
116
78.7
33.1
89.6
37.2
22.6
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
39
74.3
39.7
83.6
33.8
23.0
Transport and storage
35
86.1
20.7
80.1
25.4
17.6
Communication services
^9
69.6
^26.8
90.6
^35.6
^20.8
Finance and insurance services
22
96.1
45.7
96.9
47.3
20.9
Property and business services
162
95.2
41.4
94.0
52.1
26.0
Health and community services
55
89.3
24.1
92.6
35.3
12.7
Cultural and recreational services
20
89.4
50.7
89.4
45.6
23.6
Personal and other services
35
75.5
31.7
90.5
31.1
14.6
Total
718
86.4
33.7
90.8
39.3
22.9

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Business counts are provided for contextual information only, please refer to Explanatory Notes 27 and 28.
(c) Proportions are of all businesses with Internet access in each output category.

Summary of innovation activity in Australian business(a), by selected business characteristics - ANZSIC93 basis - 2006-07

Businesses with innovative activity which was:
Estimated number of businesses (b)
Businesses which introduced or implemented innovation (innovating businesses)
still in development
abandoned
Businesses with any innovative activity (innovation-active businesses)
'000
%
%
%
%

Employment size
0-4 persons
449
26.7
13.9
4.9
31.4
5-19 persons
210
40.4
21.7
7.1
44.4
20-199 persons
56
50.6
29.1
7.3
56.3
200 or more persons
3
60.1
35.7
7.5
65.5
Industry
Mining
*3
^30.0
*17.6
5.1
^35.1
Manufacturing
57
46.2
26.2
6.7
51.5
Electricity, gas and water supply
1
^53.0
36.0
1.6
^59.0
Construction
117
21.9
10.5
3.4
26.6
Wholesale trade
46
43.1
20.9
8.1
47.0
Retail trade
116
31.8
16.4
5.4
35.8
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
39
30.8
16.5
9.6
35.1
Transport and storage
35
27.6
10.9
3.4
30.9
Communication services
^9
^29.0
14.3
3.3
^32.4
Finance and insurance services
22
43.8
21.3
6.8
47.8
Property and business services
162
34.4
22.0
7.2
39.6
Health and community services
55
28.2
16.9
3.3
34.0
Cultural and recreational services
20
35.3
17.6
8.3
39.2
Personal and other services
35
35.3
11.1
3.7
38.4
Total
718
32.7
17.5
5.7
37.3

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Business counts are provided for contextual information only, please refer to Explanatory Notes 27 and 28.



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