This release presents key indicators on the incidence of use of information technology and innovation in Australian business, as collected by the 2006-07 Business Characteristics Survey. One finding is that over 90% of businesses with Internet access use a broadband connection. This release presents key indicators on the incidence of use of information technology and innovation in Australian business, as collected by the 2006-07 Business Characteristics Survey (BCS).
Collection of these data using the BCS vehicle is part the ABS' Integrated Business Characteristics Strategy (IBCS). This strategy integrates the collection and quality assurance of data required for input into the Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) and the production of point in time estimates for business use of information technology (BUIT), innovation and a broad range of other non-financial business characteristics. A key part of the IBCS is the production of annual BUIT and business innovation indicators, with a more detailed set of items for each of these topics collected every second year (i.e. in alternating years). The 2006-07 BCS collected detailed information relating to the incidence of innovation in Australian business.
This release contains a range of summary indicators of business use of IT and innovation. More detailed information for these and other business characteristics will be released in the forthcoming months. While this release contains measures on the incidence of use of IT and innovation, detailed analysis on the intensity and impact of these on business performance is being undertaken and will be released by the ABS as it is completed.