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8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits , Jun 2009 to Jun 2013 Quality Declaration 
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INTRODUCTION

This publication presents counts of businesses sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register (ABSBR).

This publication represents the fifth update to Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, initially released in February 2007.

This series replaces all previous business counts releases, which can be found on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>.


CHANGES FROM THE PREVIOUS RELEASE

A new derived employment variable has been used to generate the employment size ranges in Tables 13 to 16 in this release of Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits. The ABS has previously used payment summary information, sourced from the Australian Taxation Office, to generate employment size ranges. Payment summaries provide a count of all employees who work (or have worked) for a businesses during the financial year. The ABS has taken the decision to use additional information including Business Activity Statement (BAS) wages and salaries and also data from ABS business surveys, to derive an estimate of the average number of employees in the business over the reference year. Introduction of the derived employment variable has resulted in approximately 6.3% of businesses changing their business size category. A more detailed explanation of the methodological change and its impact upon business size counts can be found in the Technical Note 2 Improved Employment Range.

The presentation of the conceptual and practical basis for Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, on page 4, does not include a count of total Australian Business Numbers (ABN's) registered with the Australian Business Register (ABR). The large number of ongoing ABN applications requires the timing of ABN count data to be coordinated to ensure published data between the two agencies are comparable. The ABS is working with the ABR and plans to publish ABN count information in the next release of Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits.


FUTURE RELEASES

The next release of Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits is currently scheduled for release in February 2015.


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