8172.0.55.001 - Microdata: Management and Organisational Capabilities of Australian Business, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/02/2018  First Issue
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For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.

Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. This ensures that confidentiality is maintained whilst enabling micro level data to be released. More information on the confidentiality practices associated with CURFs can be found on the Microdata Entry Page.


The Business Characteristics Survey - Management Capabilities Module (MCM) 2015-16 CURF includes data directly collected by the MCM, covering topics such as Key Performance Indicators; use of data in decision making; strategic plans; skills; supply chain; environmental management; digital business; and demographic information related to the Principal Manager. Business characteristics such as innovator status; business size (based on employment); and ANZSIC Subdivision are also included on the file. No geographic information is included in the MCM.

Microdata from the Business Characteristics Survey - Management Capabilities Module (MCM), 2015-16 are available as an Expanded CURF. The data item list shows the level of detail available in microdata format and can be accessed from the Downloads tab.

For more information on the survey methodology, concepts and definitions see the Summary tab.


The reference period for all of the characteristic items included in the inaugural 2015-16 MCM was the year ended 30 June 2016.

The 2015-16 MCM forms were despatched to businesses from late October 2016.


Steps have been taken to confidentialise the data on the CURF to ensure businesses cannot be identified while at the same time maximising the usefulness of the content. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the following link: CURF confidentiality.


There are established international frameworks or reporting models for the collection of innovation data (i.e. Oslo Manual). The application of this in ABS collections is in the context of the Australian situation and, for some elements, it is not appropriate to adhere to the international framework, although they are used, where possible, in the MCM.


The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains information including Survey Methodology, File Structure, Using the CURF, Conditions of Use and the Data Item List and Glossary.


This Expanded CURF can only be accessed through the DataLab. For general information on microdata and how to apply for access, refer to the Microdata Entry Page, contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7714.

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