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The BLD design was determined through user consultations conducted in the period leading up to its implementation in 2005. The sample design is based on the use of consecutive panels that represent the Australian business population at the point in time that each panel is introduced into the BLD. User discussion and feedback is sought regularly to ensure the dataset remains relevant to users.
Information included in the BLD is drawn from business characteristics data sourced from an ABS survey, The Business Characteristics Survey and financial data is sourced from two main administrative sources: the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs).
ATO data included in the BLD CURF have been supplied to the ABS under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 which requires that such data are only used for statistical purposes. Customs data is also included on the CURF. No individual information collected under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 is provided back to the ATO or Customs for administrative or regulatory purposes. Any discussion of data limitations or weaknesses are in the context of using the data for statistical purposes, and are not related to the ability of the data to support the ATO's or Customs core operational requirements. The ABS wishes to acknowledge the assistance of both of these organisations in the development of the BLD and the BLD CURF.
FOOD INDUSTRY COMPONENT
The requirement for information in relation to the food industry arose in 2003 when the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) was commissioned to undertake a longitudinal study into small and medium businesses in the Australian Food Industry. Consultation between DAFF and the ABS determined that the best approach was to incorporate these requirements into the broad structure of the BLD. It was considered that the proposed content of the broader BLD, with its focus on business performance and productivity would be appropriate to largely meet the information needs specific to the food industry. Based on this, the Food Industry component of the BLD was developed and essentially involved the inclusion of additional sample in the three relevant industries: Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Manufacturing; and, Wholesale trade. The Food Industry component of the BLD has been included in Panel One (2004-05 to 2008-09), Panel Two (2005-06 to 2009-10) and Panel Three (2006-07 to 2010-11). This panel will be the last panel to include the Food Industry component. Further information on the Food Industry Component can be found in, About the Business Longitudinal Database.
FEEDBACK ON THE BLD CURF
User feedback is welcomed, specifically in relation to:
Comments and suggestions can be provided to David Taylor on (08) 9360 5275 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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