The Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) combines business tax data and information from ABS surveys with data about the use of government programs, to provide a better understanding of Australian businesses and the economy.
Approved researchers and analysts can use BLADE to study how businesses fare over time and the factors that drive performance, innovation, job creation, competitiveness and productivity. BLADE demonstrates how combining existing public data can help to deliver evidence based policy making.
BLADE is a core component of the Australian Government’s Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA). BLADE contains data on all active businesses from 2001-02 to 2015-16, sourced from:
- Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) programs
- the Australian Taxation Office
- Intellectual Property Government Open Data, produced by IP Australia
- ABS surveys, including the Business Characteristics Survey, Economic Activity Survey and the Survey of Research and Experimental Development – Businesses.
The ABS is responsible for combining the data, providing approved researchers and analysts with access via highly secure ABS systems, and safeguarding privacy and confidentiality in collaboration with its partners to ensure that no individual person or business can be identified. All projects that use BLADE data must go through a formal rigorous assessment and approval process, managed by the ABS.
A number of research papers using BLADE data are available on the DIIS website. For more information, read the EABLD Case Study (BLADE was formerly known as the EABLD) or to inquire about access, email firstname.lastname@example.org.