5678.0 - Venture Capital and Later Stage Private Equity, Australia, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/02/2017   
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Statistics presented in this release have been compiled from data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from fund managers in the Venture Capital and Later Stage Private Equity (VC&LSPE) survey. The data were collected under the authority of the Census and Statistics Act 1905.

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The VC&LSPE survey provides key statistics on the financial contribution to venture capital and later stage private equity investments in Australia for the 2015-16 financial year. This release includes detailed statistics on VC&LSPE investment vehicles, such as source of funds, assets and liabilities and VC&LSPE investee company information.

The measure of investment is an indication of the level of innovation in the economy which drives improvements in productivity and living standards. The survey also informs public debate on Australian venture capital and later stage private equity activity and provides data with which to assess relevant government policy and programs.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science fully fund the survey and are the main users of the data. The Government provides assistance in early stages of investment or through tax exemptions. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science fundamentally use the data to measure the impact of policies relating to small company start-ups and in identifying potential new areas of funding. State Governments also use the data to determine areas requiring small business funding assistance.

The frame is constructed from lists of VC&LSPE fund managers in government programs managed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (including Pooled Development Fund, Innovation Investment Fund, Venture Capital Limited Partnerships, Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships), membership of Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL), the Australian Venture Capital Guide, business directories and venture capital journals.


Data are collected on an annual basis, with the reference period being the financial year (i.e. year ended 30 June). Statistics compiled from the data collected are released approximately seven months after the reference period.


As the VC&LSPE survey does not have a sample component, the data are not subject to sampling variability. However, other inaccuracies, collectively referred to as non-sampling errors, may affect the data. These non-sampling errors may arise from a number of sources, including:

  • errors in the reporting of data by respondents;
  • errors in capturing or processing data;
  • estimation for missing or mis-reported data;
  • definition and classification errors; and
  • inadequacies in the collection instrument.

Every effort has been made to reduce non-sampling error to a minimum by careful design of questionnaires, appropriate methodology and contact with providers to resolve anomalies. Response rates are generally very high which in turn increases the accuracy and level of the data which can be released for users. Thorough editing of the data received is undertaken to ensure that the integrity of the collection is upheld.

Occasionally reporting and classification errors are identified from previous cycles and where possible these are revised if they have a significant impact on the data. In this release, no revisions were applied.


There are no other data sources currently available which can be directly compared to the VC&LSPE survey data. However, some observations can be made which suggests the survey outputs give a reasonable indication of real world expectations and events. For example, trends in VC&LSPE survey data aligning with trends in the AVCAL yearbook.

While the ABS seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to the survey, sound survey practise requires ongoing development to maintain the integrity of the data, its relevance to the changing needs of users and the efficiency of the collection.

In addition to non-sampling errors, there are factors which may affect the comparability of recent estimates with those of previous cycles and these should be taken into consideration when looking at estimates across years. For example, the 2012-13 publication was the first cycle to use the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006 (ANZSIC06). This introduced a break in series for the industry information, as the classifications cannot be directly compared.


There are no international standards that relate to growth capital statistics. However, in several countries, national industry associations conduct surveys of their members using a common core set of questions maintained by Thomson Economics. The VC&LSPE survey adopts a number of definitions from the Thomson Economics survey (e.g. stage of investment), modified for Australian industry and user needs.

Data providers self classify industry information using ANZSIC06 and Standard and Poors' Global Industry Classification Standard for types of activity. The ABS makes every effort to ensure correct and consistent interpretation and reporting of these data and applies consistent processing methodologies.


In addition to main features (which include key findings commentary) resulting from the VC&LSPE survey, time series data (in spreadsheet format) is included on the ABS website free of charge. See the Downloads page.

If the information you require is not available as a standard product, inquiries can be made by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.