Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE)

What is BLADE?

The Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) is an economic data tool combining tax, trade and intellectual property data with information from ABS surveys to provide a better understanding of the Australian economy and businesses performance over time.

Authorised researchers use BLADE to understand how businesses fare over time and the factors that drive performance, innovation, job creation, competitiveness, and productivity, and provide new insights into the development and evaluation of government policies, programs and services.

How does it work?

The current BLADE asset contains data on all active businesses from 2001-02 to 2018-19, sourced from: 

  • ABS Business Register
  • Australian Taxation Office: Business Activity Statements (BAS), Business Income Tax (BIT) filings and Pay as You Go (PAYG) summaries
  • ABS surveys: Business Characteristics Survey (BCS),Management Capabilities Module (MCM), Economic Activity Survey (EAS), Business Expenditure on Research and Development (BERD), Private Non-Profit Expenditure on Research and Development (PNPERD), Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Government (GOVERD)
  • Intellectual Property Australia: Intellectual Property Longitudinal Research Data (IPLORD)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Merchandise trade data

For more information, you can see a full list of the BLADE data inclusions and legislation.

The ABS is trusted as the accredited Integrating Authority for BLADE. We collect and combine the data, provide access to authorised researchers, and protect your privacy and keep your information secure at all times.

Research projects and outcomes

Research projects using BLADE are listed on the BLADE Research Projects register.

A number of case studies have been produced that demonstrate the value and public benefit of data analysis using BLADE. To find out more, visit the Use and benefits page.

Privacy and security

BLADE is governed by ABS Privacy and Security protections, expanded in the Keeping integrated data safe page.

Accessing BLADE data

To apply for access to BLADE data or other products, see the Access and services page.

For more information about BLADE, see Microdata: Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE).

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