ABS sheds light on business growth and performance
The ABS today released confidentialised microdata that tracks the performance of businesses over time. The Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) contains financial and other characteristics of small and medium businesses in Australia over a three year period.
The BLD is a new and valuable resource that will allow analysts to monitor and evaluate the impacts of policies and industry trends on Australian businesses at the individual business level.
The Business Longitudinal Database demonstrates how Australia is improving the quality of information to inform research and policy, without compromising on issues such as privacy and additional survey burden.
The BLD complements the large range of ABS macro-economic outputs and meets very strong demand from government, academics and private users for micro-economic data. It will increase understanding of:
- the activities or factors that are relevant to business performance; and
- the business characteristics that are associated with these activities or factors.
The BLD is made available through a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF), which is released with the approval of the Australian Statistician. To ensure microdata confidentiality is maintained, access is managed in a unique virtual environment, the Remote Access Data Laboratory. Further information is available at the CURF Microdata Entry Page
on the ABS website