The Business Characteristics Survey (BCS) is an annual survey and is the vehicle for estimates of business use of information technology, business innovation, and a broad range of other non-financial business characteristics.
The BCS has recently gone through a redevelopment process; changes have been made to both the survey content and sample design.
The BCS now comprises of two question modules to be collected in alternate years:
- an omnibus style collection with a strong focus on Digital Activities; and
- a subject specific Innovation module.
The 2021-22 BCS Digital activities module is the first iteration of the survey since the redevelopment.
The reference period for most of the characteristics items included in the 2021-22 BCS is during the year ended 30 June 2022 or as at 30 June 2022.
For output purposes, businesses are classified to employment size ranges based on actual data reported in the survey.
For industry output, the classification is drawn from information held about the business on the ABSBR.
For state output, the classification is drawn from the main state of operation of the business.
In 2021-22, outputs were made available for some data items by location for the first time. The location classification is drawn from the location of business premises reported by the business in the survey.
Rounding and other adjustments
Estimates of proportions have been calculated using unrounded figures but are shown in the tables rounded to one tenth of a percentage point. Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of the component items and the total. Figures presented in the commentary have been rounded to the whole percentage.
ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments, and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.