About ABS Business Reporting

How ABS Business Reporting works and why information from small businesses is important

ABS Business Reporting

ABS Business Reporting offers a new way for small businesses to report financial data to the ABS.

We know it can be difficult and time consuming to complete ABS survey forms. This is why we are working to make it easier for small businesses to provide information to us.

ABS Business Reporting is a web app where businesses can securely connect to their accounting software to prepare a report to submit to the ABS. Once they authorise a connection, businesses will see information from their accounts to help complete and submit a report more easily.

The first time a business uses ABS Business Reporting, they will select which accounts they want to include for each question. These selections will be saved in the app and will be available to re-use. This will make it even simpler to report in future quarters.

ABS Business Reporting has been codesigned with accountants, bookkeepers and businesses to make it easier and quicker to report. People who have used the app to report have found it is intuitive, easy to use, and streamlines the process of reporting.

Information from small business can inform big decisions

What you report to the ABS for a small business will feed into major economic indicators, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and contribute to statistics in Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product and Business Indicators, Australia.

These statistics are used by industry, government and individual businesses to understand Australia’s economy and make informed decisions.

Information reported to the ABS by small businesses ensures our statistics tell the whole story. Small businesses play a critical role in the economy and are essential for local communities. They have specific characteristics and can be impacted by events in different ways to larger businesses.

Visit the ABS homepage to see more about what statistics ABS produce.

Your data is important, but we understand your time is important too

We have developed ABS Business Reporting to make it quicker and easier for small businesses to report.

Here is what our users say:

“ABS Business Reporting is a game changer. I used to have to calculate my data and enter into the web form. This app streamlines the whole process.”

“So easy to report now that I can sync data from Xero."

“It was pretty quick to set up the first time I used the app, but this quarter was even easier. So convenient."

Your information is safe, secure and confidential

We take the security of the information you provide to us seriously.

ABS Business Reporting uses a number of tools to protect your information including website security, encryption and firewalls. The system is secured and approved in compliance with standards provided by the Australian Cyber Security Centre and Commonwealth Government guidelines for interacting securely online.

Your completed report and personal information will remain strictly confidential to the ABS. Your information is used to calculate statistics, and these are only released as aggregated data, which groups together information from a number of businesses. Information is collected through ABS Business Reporting under the authority of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. Under the Act, ABS staff have a legal obligation to maintain the confidentiality of information provided.

We comply with the Privacy Act 1988 and Australian Privacy Principles. We have conducted a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to consider potential privacy impacts on the privacy of individuals whose personal information is collected through ABS Business Reporting. The Privacy Impact Assessment includes a statement of compliance against each of the Australian Privacy Principles.

If you believe we have breached these principles, please see the information on how to lodge a complaint about privacy matters, contained within our privacy policy.

For more information on how the ABS handles the information you provide to us through ABS Business Reporting, visit our Data Usage page.

Who can use ABS Business Reporting

Currently, only eligible small businesses selected for the Quarterly Business Indicators Survey can submit a report through ABS Business Reporting. These businesses will receive an invitation to use the app if they use Xero, MYOB or QuickBooks accounting software.

We are working to expand the app to other surveys, and to other accounting software in the future.

If you haven't received an invitation to use the app and would like to know when your business may be eligible, please email business.reporting@abs.gov.au.

Other ways to report to the ABS

ABS Business Reporting is the quickest and easiest way for small businesses to report to the ABS. If you would like to hear about other reporting options, please call us on 1800 735 060 (+61 2 6252 8814 overseas) to discuss.

Ready to report?

If you have received an email request to report, log in to ABS Business Reporting to get started.

The ABS Business Reporting Troubleshooting page provides information on how to use ABS Business Reporting, including help with technical difficulties. 


We are committed to providing access to ABS Business Reporting to the widest possible audience. 

We are working to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 to Level AA, which describe how to make web content more usable and accessible for everyone. We want to provide our information for everyone, including people with a disability. 

If there's information you need that you can’t get, please contact us on 1800 735 060 (+61 2 6252 8814 overseas).

Help and support services

Help in your language 

To speak to someone in your language please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450. 

Blind or have low vision 

For people who are blind or have low vision, ABS Business Reporting is compatible with screen readers.  

Deaf or find it hard to hear or speak with people 

If you have hearing or speech loss visit the National Relay Service website or phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1300 135 070.

Assistive technologies

ABS Business Reporting has been tested with JAWS 2021 on PC running Windows 10. 

Supported browsers and devices

 We recommend accessing ABS Business Reporting using the latest version of the following compatible browsers: 

  • Microsoft Edge 
  • Google Chrome 
  • Mozilla Firefox 
  • Safari 

We use a design that should adjust to fit the size of most desktops. Tablets and mobile phones are not supported and are not recommended for use with ABS Business Reporting. 


Providing feedback about ABS Business Reporting

ABS Business Reporting is a new tool we are continuing to develop. We want to hear about your experience to help us improve. Please provide a comment in the app after you have submitted your report, or you can call us on 1800 735 060 (+61 2 6252 8814).

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