8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS - DETAIL

Innovation-active businesses

Summary of innovative activity in Australian business(a)(b), by employment size, 2009—10

0-4 persons
5-19 persons
20-199 persons
200 or more persons
Total

Estimated number of businesses(c) '000
468
244
60
4
776
Businesses which introduced innovation (innovating businesses)(d) %
30.5
49.2
56.6
69.7
38.6
Businesses with innovative activity which was:(d)
still in development %
15.0
26.4
30.4
44.5
19.9
abandoned %
6.5
8.5
8.8
9.4
7.3
Businesses with any innovative activity (innovation-active businesses) %
35.7
54.7
61.2
74.3
43.8

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



The proportion of innovation-active businesses was greater for each successive employment size range. The likelihood of businesses with more than 200 persons employed being innovation-active was more than double that of businesses with 0-4 persons employed (74% and 36% respectively).

Proportion of businesses that were innovation-active, by industry, 2009-10
Graph: Proportion of businesses that were innovation-active, by industry, 2009-10


During 2009-10, innovative activity was reported by more than half of all businesses in the Wholesale trade (59%), Arts and recreation services (56%) and Manufacturing (51%) industries. Businesses in the Transport, postal and warehousing industry, at 22%, were least likely to be innovation-active in 2009-10. Almost a third of businesses in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry reported innovative activity.





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