8101.0 - Innovation and Technology Update (Newsletter), Nov 1999  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/05/2000   
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During late 1998, the ABS successfully conducted the most extensive benchmark survey of the Year 2000 problem in Australia. This survey and the associated results have been very widely and positively received. The survey was suggested by the Government's Y2k Industry Program which contracted the ABS to develop and conduct a survey to provide benchmark data on the current status of Y2k awareness and activity within Australian business.

After the completion of the 1998 survey, the ABS was approached to conduct a follow-up survey in respect of June 1999. The preliminary results were released in Cat. no 8151.0 Year 2000 Problem, Australia, Preliminary, June 1999. Final results were released in late October in Cat. no 8152.0.

The objectives of the 1999 survey were to:

  • determine the current status in addressing the Y2k problem
  • determine the level of technology dependence
  • measure the reliability of customer and supplier links
  • identify the nature and extent of any contingency planning.