Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) combines business tax data information from ABS surveys and other administrative data over time to provide a better understanding of Australian businesses and the economy. The ABS is an Accredited Integrating Authority, and additional data sources can be integrated with BLADE for approved projects and subject to agreement from data custodians.
Authorised researchers working on approved projects can use BLADE data 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.
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Data and file structure
The file is structured as a single level business file, with businesses defined according to the ABS Units Model
Data themes include:
- Business identifiers, such as Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), Standard Institutional Sector Classification of Australia (SISCA), Type of Legal Organisation (TOLO) and Alive status.
- Australian business taxation
- Business characteristics
- Research and development expenditure
- Economic activity
- Intellectual property
- Energy, water and environment
- Merchandise trade
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