How to use this product
The product is structured according to the Framework released in August 2002. For more information on the Framework, see ABS publication Discussion Paper: Measuring a Knowledge-based Economy and Society—An Australian Framework (cat. no. 1375.0).
The Framework consists of characteristics and indicators for five dimensions. This first release includes characteristics and indicators described in the Framework from three of the five dimensions.
Each of the three dimensions in this product appears as a webpage. Each dimension webpage shows the characteristics and indicators which are included in this release and provides summary statistics for each indicator. More detailed indicator data can be found by clicking on the indicator description.
The detailed view of each indicator generally contains time series data with simple classificatory detail, a graphical view of change over time and internationally comparable data. It also contains links to other relevant information, such as summaries of ABS publications and source information.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Indicators
Human Capital Indicators
Information and Communications Technology Indicators
Abbreviations used in this product may be found in the Framework release, see Abbreviations (cat. no. 1375.0). They are also explained in the detailed view of each indicator.
Statistical units defined on the ABS Business Register
The ABS uses an economic statistics units model on the ABS Business Register to describe the characteristics of businesses, and the structural relationships between related businesses. In mid 2002, to better use the information available as a result of The New Tax System (TNTS), the ABS changed its economic statistics units model, and the way it structured its Business Register.
Most businesses and organisations in Australia need to obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN). Most of these businesses have simple structures; therefore the unit registered for an ABN will satisfy ABS statistical requirements and such units comprise the "ATO Maintained Population" within the ABS Business Register. For those businesses where the ABN unit is not suitable for ABS statistical requirements, the ABS will apply its Economic Statistics units model through direct contact with the business. This allows the ABS to best represent the business for statistical purposes. These businesses constitute the "ABS Maintained Population". This population consists typically of large, complex and diverse businesses.
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