Abs Sheds Light On Business Growth And Performance

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30th October 2009, 02:46pm - Views: 1104

October 30, 2009

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ABS sheds light on business growth and performance

The ABS today released confidentialised microdata that tracks the performance of

businesses over time. The Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) contains financial

and other characteristics of small and medium businesses in Australia over a three

year period.

The BLD is a new and valuable resource that will allow analysts to monitor and

evaluate the impacts of policies and industry trends on Australian businesses at the

individual business level.

The Business Longitudinal Database demonstrates how Australia is improving the

quality of information to inform research and policy, without compromising on issues

such as privacy and additional survey burden.

The BLD complements the large range of ABS macro-economic outputs and meets

very strong demand from government, academics and private users for micro-

economic data. It will increase understanding of:

the activities or factors that are relevant to business performance; and 

the business characteristics that are associated with these activities or


The BLD is made available through a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF),

which is released with the approval of the Australian Statistician. To ensure

microdata confidentiality is maintained, access is managed in a unique virtual

environment, the Remote Access Data Laboratory. Further information is available at

the CURF Microdata Entry Page on the ABS website


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