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Workshop on Improving Statistics on SMEs and Entrepreneurship OECD, Paris . 17 to 19 September 2003. SME Statistics In Australia. 3 Key areas: Current ABS statistical activity Major developments planned using administrative data Issues associated with using administrative data.

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Workshop on Improving Statistics on SMEs andEntrepreneurship OECD, Paris

17 to 19 September 2003


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SME Statistics In Australia

  • 3 Key areas:

    • Current ABS statistical activity

    • Major developments planned using administrative data

    • Issues associated with using administrative data


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Current ABS Statistical Activity

  • Existing statistical activity to continue:

    • Annual Economy Wide Survey (EAS)

    • Qtly Business Indicators Surveys (QBIS)

    • Qtly Labour Employer Surveys

    • A range of industry specific surveys

    • Characteristics of Small Business Owners


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Current ABS Statistical Activity

  • Issues:

    • Provider load reductions; and

    • Competing demands for statistical activity, leading to:

      • Reduced sample sizes

      • Some survey rationalisation

      • Some reduction in detail collected/published


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Demand for ABS SME Statistics

  • Demand centres on:

    • Number of SMEs by size/industry/region

    • Business entries and exits

    • Business performance/productivity

    • Micro/home-based businesses

  • Policy interest mainly on SME sector


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Current/future Developments

  • Sample supplementation using tax data

  • Business longitudinal database

  • Business entries and exits

  • Regional small business estimates

  • Annual MLS supp survey


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Business Longitudinal Database

  • 3 year project, commencing 2003-04

    • Based on ABS and admin data

    • ABN as link between datasets

    • First reference year – 2000/01

    • First production version – mid 2005

    • User requirements being established

    • Some additional collection activity likely

  • Data access a key issue


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Business Entries and Exits

  • Based on Eurostat business demography methodological guidelines

  • Adapted to Australian data and requirements

  • Based on ABR/ABN

  • Conceptual model being developed

  • May require development of survey for deaths


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Regional SME Estimates

  • Estimates based on income tax data

  • Need for development of standard definitions of small business based on admin data


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Annual MLS Supp Survey

  • Annual survey commencing June 2003

  • Expansion of topics every 3rd year

  • User requirements being gathered

  • No small area estimates available


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Use of Administrative Data

  • Issues:

    • Legislation/policy

    • Data quality


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Admin Data Legislative/policy Issues

  • Legislation allowing release to ABS

  • Legislative provisions regarding use of data

  • Development of agreements regarding use

  • Data confidentiality


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Admin Data Legislative/policy Issues

  • ABS policy principles:

    • Use must be for statistical purposes

    • Demonstrable statistical benefit

    • No disadvantage to providers

    • Integrity/openness

    • Trust of providers

    • Outputs must be available


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Admin Data – Quality Issues

  • Development of quality assessment framework

  • Reliability of source data

  • Knowledge of data/processes

  • Involvement in source data quality assessment/improvement


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Related developments

  • Input Data Warehouse (IDW)

  • Provider Integration Management System (PIMS)



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