This release presents information about the incidence of innovation in Australian business and related practices or influences, as collected by the 2008-09 Business Characteristics Survey (BCS).
A key part of the BCS is the production of annual business use of information technology and innovation indicators, with a more detailed set of items for each of these topics collected every second year (i.e. in alternating years). The 2008-09 BCS collected detailed information relating to the incidence of innovation and related practices and influences in Australian business. An overview of the ABS' statistical and output program related to innovation is provided in Appendix 1: ABS Collection of Innovation Statistics.
COMPARABILITY WITH PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INNOVATION STATISTICS
The statistics included in this release are comparable with the previous issue of Innovation in Australian Business, 2006-07, (cat. no. 8158.0), however, data are not directly comparable with earlier releases of this catalogue. Users should note some comparisons are made with the core innovation data released from the Summary of IT Use and Innovation, 2007-08, (cat. no. 8166.0) and Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2007-08, (cat. no. 8167.0).
STRUCTURE OF THIS RELEASE
There are two components to this release: web based information and data cubes. The data cubes contain detailed tables for the data that underpin the tables, graphs and commentary included in the summary information section.
FUTURE RELEASE FROM THE 2008-09 BCS
Further estimates from the 2008-09 BCS will be released on 16 September 2010 as part of Selected Characteristics of Australian Business (cat. no. 8167.0).
For further information about these and related statistics, contact Andrew Puljic on Perth (08) 9360 5229.