8167.0 - Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2014-15  
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BUSINESS STRUCTURE AND ARRANGEMENTS


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Collaborative arrangements

Businesses were asked if they were involved in collaborative arrangements with other businesses or organisations during the year ended 30 June 2015.

Collaborative arrangements, by employment size(a)(b), 2014-15

0-4 persons
5-19 persons
20-199 persons
200 or more persons
Total
%
%
%
%
%

Joint research and development
1.5
2.2
3.5
8.4
1.9
Joint buying
1.2
1.9
3.6
6.0
1.6
Joint production of goods or services
1.9
3.1
6.8
11.3
2.7
Integrated supply chain(c)
0.4
1.5
2.3
7.5
0.9
Joint marketing or distribution
2.2
5.7
7.9
9.5
3.8
Other collaborative arrangements
0.9
0.9
1.0
2.1
0.9
Any collaborative arrangements
6.5
10.8
16.6
26.1
8.7

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Businesses could identify more than one type of collaborative arrangement.
(c) Integrated supply chain refers to ongoing coordinated activities between two or more businesses to maximise the storage and production efficiency of a mutual client.


Overall, almost one in ten businesses (9%) reported at least one type of collaborative arrangement during the year ended 30 June 2015. More than one in four businesses with 200 or more persons employed (26%) reported a collaborative arrangement, compared to 6% of businesses with 0-4 persons employed.

By industry, Mining had the highest proportion of businesses that reported at least one type of collaborative arrangement (18%). The highest proportion of businesses that were involved in joint production of goods or services was in the Information media and telecommunications industry (10%). The Arts and recreation services and Retail trade industries had the highest proportion of businesses that were involved in joint marketing or distribution (both 8%).

The proportion of innovation-active businesses that reported any collaborative arrangements (15%) was almost four times more than non innovation-active businesses (4%).

Further statistics relating to collaborative arrangements can be accessed via the Downloads tab.