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Topics @ a Glance - Business Demography

This section provides a brief summary of recent developments in Business Demography statistics at the ABS. The noticeboard is regularly reviewed and may include information regarding recent publication releases, information or exposure draft papers, minutes and notices of public meetings, and other relevant information.


Cat. no. 8165.0 Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits

This product presents business counts, including data measuring levels and rates of business entries to and exits from the Australian economy, and business survival. These data are sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register and include all actively trading businesses operating in the economy between June 2009 - June 2013.

Counts are presented by industry, state and territory, sector, type of legal organisation, employment and annual turnover size ranges and statistical local area. Datacubes provide additional industry, geographical and business size information.

For further information, please refer to Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits.

Cat. no. 8175.0 Counts of Australian Business Operators

This product presents business operator counts and proportions across a range of characteristics. These data are sourced from the 2007 Forms of Employment Survey and the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Counts of Australian Business Operators incorporating the 2011 Census of Population and Housing and Forms of Employment Survey data was released in 2013.

Counts are presented by sex, age, hours worked, industry, occupation, employing status, educational attainment, income, birthplace and numerous other demographics.

For further information, please refer to Counts of Australian Business Operators.

Cat. no. 8167.0 Selected Characteristics of Australian Business

This product provides summary business characteristics data for a range of topics including nature of business ownerships, collaborative/franchising arrangements, performance measures, barrier to growth, innovation, financing, use of information technology, markets and competition.

Data is sourced from the Business Characteristics Survey (BCS) which is an annual survey, first conducted for the 2004-05 Financial year. Information in respect of the topics is available cross-classified by industry, business size and innovator status.

For further information, please refer to Selected Characteristics of Australian Business.

Cat. no. 8127.0 Discontinuation of Characteristics of Small Business

Users of ABS business demographic data should note that the ABS publication Small Business in Australia, last released in respect of 2004 has been discontinued.

For further information, please refer to Australian Small Business Operators - Findings from the 2005 and 2006 Characteristics of Small Business Surveys, 2005-06.


The BLD is a valuable resource that allows analysts to monitor and evaluate the impacts of policies and industry trends on Australian businesses at the individual level. The BLD contains a range of data (both financial and characteristic) for small and medium businesses in Australia over a five year period.

The BLD complements the large range of ABS macro-economic outputs and meets very strong demand from government, academics and private users for micro-economic data. It will increase understanding of:
    • The activities or factors that are relevant to business performance; and
    • The business characteristics that are associated with these activities or factors.

The BLD is available for research purposes through a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF), which is released with the approval of the Australian Statistician. To ensure microdata confidentiality is maintained, access is managed in a unique virtual environment, the Remote Access Data Laboratory. Further information is available at the CURF Microdata Entry Page on the ABS website. The most recent release of the BLD CURF contains data up to the 2009-10 reference period. The latest release contains data up to the 2010-11 reference period.

For further information, please contact Helen Teasdale, Assistant Director, Innovation and Technology Branch on (08) 9360 5148.

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