8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2003 to Jun 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/12/2007   
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21/12/2007 Note: Users of Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits (cat. no. 8165.0) should note that data presented in the cross-classified datacubes have been rounded to preserve the confidentitality of individual businesses. Users may access exact counts of businesses from the pdf publication which contains broad level data only. The slight delay in releasing these datacubes (and the associated I-Note) was related to data quality concerns during processing.



This publication presents counts of businesses sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register (ABSBR).

This publication represents the first update to Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, initially released in February 2007.

This series replaces all previous business counts releases, including: Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register, Counts of Businesses (cat. no. 8161.0.55.001) and Experimental Estimates, Entries and Exits of Business Entities, Australia (cat. no. 8160.55.001). The counts presented in this publication are not comparable with those presented in these previous releases.


There have been few changes in this publication compared with the previous release. The existing conceptual basis for both point-in-time counts and counts of entries and exits continues in this series. This publication provides new business counts, entries, exits and survival information as at June 2007, and the use of 2007 data (where possible) to allocate employment and turnover values to individual businesses.

Other enhancements to the data have been made, including the provision of data by Type of Legal Organisation (TOLO). In addition, sub-State level datacubes have been released for the first time using the Statistical Local Area (SLA) classification. These SLA datacubes will replace the postcode-based data released in May 2007. The Explanatory Notes commencing on Page 22, contain further information about these changes.

This publication is accompanied by the release of a range of detailed Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits datacubes. Each of these datacubes contains industry, geographical and business size dimensions, and offers users access to more detailed cross-classified information.

Due to the fine level information presented, each datacube has been confidentialised to ensure no individual business can be identified. A new confidentialising process has been used for this release. This has resulted in data from previous datacube releases being slightly refined. At the broadest levels, the changes to the data have been minimal. Users however should be aware that at more detailed levels, the new confidentiality process has had greater impact. Explanatory Notes commencing on page 22, contain further information about these changes.


It is planned to continue releasing updated counts, including entries and exits, on an annual basis in future. As discussed in the Appendix on Page 32, these counts will be further refined over time.


The ABS welcomes feedback from users of these business counts. To provide feedback, please phone Ashley Bartlett on 02 6252 5402 or email <business.demographics@abs.gov.au>.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact Ashley Bartlett on Canberra (02) 6252 5402.