A review of the Business Characteristics Survey (BCS) was undertaken in response to a number of considerations including:
- Recommendation from the Innovation Metrics Review (IMR).
- ABS’ commitment to reduce provider burden.
- Feedback from key stakeholders.
- Need for greater granularity in estimates (State and Territory data).
As a result, the BCS was redeveloped into two separate collections to capture more detailed information on the two principal topics (i.e., innovation and Business Use of IT).
Innovation in Australian Business 2020-21 is the first redeveloped innovation module.
The collection will be run every two years as a stand-alone survey with a two-year reference period.
For more details, please see Content changes in the Methodology section.