8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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INNOVATING BUSINESSES

Businesses that introduced innovation (innovating businesses), by employment size(a), by type, 2012-13

0-4 persons
5-19 persons
20-199 persons
200 or more persons
Total

Businesses that introduced any new or significantly improved:(b)
goods or services
%
15.6
25.1
33.6
31.7
20.0
operational processes
%
11.5
22.7
33.9
44.9
16.9
organisational/managerial processes
%
14.2
25.9
42.8
48.2
20.2
marketing methods
%
14.2
25.1
28.4
35.4
18.8
Innovating businesses
%
28.9
45.8
58.3
66.8
36.6

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Businesses may be counted in more than one category.


Overall, results show goods or services and organisational/managerial processes were the most common type of introduced innovation (both 20%) for the 2012-13 reference period.

The proportion of businesses that introduced at least one type of innovation increased with each successive employment size range. Businesses with 200 or more persons employed (67%) were more than twice as likely to be innovating than businesses with 0-4 persons employed (29%). Businesses in this employment size range were the most likely to have introduced goods or services (16%), while the remaining employment size ranges were all more likely to have introduced organisational/managerial processes than any other type of innovation.

Graph: proportion of businesses that were innovating, by industry, 2012-13. Wholesale trade had the highest proportion of innovating businesses, at 48%.

By industry, Wholesale trade had the highest proportion of innovating businesses (48%), followed by Retail trade (47%), while Transport, postal and warehousing had the lowest (24%).

Retail trade and Manufacturing had the highest proportion of businesses with goods or services introduced (both 31%), while Wholesale trade had the highest proportion of businesses that introduced operational processes (30%). Businesses in the Mining industry were most likely to have introduced organisational/managerial processes (26%), while Other services had the highest proportion of businesses that introduced marketing methods (33%).

The Agriculture, forestry and fishing and Electricity, gas, water and waste services industries had the lowest proportion of businesses that introduced goods or services (both 10%). Businesses in Agriculture, forestry and fishing were also the least likely to have introduced operational processes (10%) and organisational/managerial processes (12%). Transport, postal and warehousing had the lowest proportion of businesses that introduced marketing methods (8%).

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