Economic Surveys

We conduct quarterly economic surveys to check the pulse of Australian businesses and inform our policy positions. They are often cited in the media and considered by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends | September 2018

The Westpac–AusChamber Actual Composite index rose in September 2018 to 66.5 from 64.1 in June. The increase in September consolidates on June’s bounce from two quarters of easing to 59.5 in March.

The well above average reading for the Composite index reflects strength in new orders, output, employment, overtime, and backlog. The Australian economy has seen a period of strong expansion in the year to June 2018 with annual output growth of 3.4%, which is the fastest pace since 2012.

A total of 297 responses were received and provided a reasonable cross–section of Australian manufacturing in respect of industry groups and size of operation.

The survey, Australia’s longest-running business survey, dates from 1966 and provides a timely update on the manufacturing sector and insights into economy-wide trends.

Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends | June 2018

The Westpac–AusChamber Actual Composite index lifted in June 2018, up to 63.8 from 59.4 in March. The rise in June broke two quarters of moderation from 65.7 in September which was preceded by a sustained uptrend that emerged in June 2016 when the index was at 54.8. The above par reading for the Composite index reflects strength in new orders, output, overtime and backlog. However, employment consolidated in June after the hiring burst in the second half of 2017.

The 2018 outlook for Australian manufacturing continues to be positive, according to the latest Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends shows. There were 271 respondents to the Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends from across the manufacturing sector. Scores above 50 indicate positive responses outnumbered negative ones.

The survey, Australia’s longest-running business survey, dates from 1966 and provides a timely update on the manufacturing sector and insights into economy-wide trends.

Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends | March 2018

The Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends has been conducted for nearly 50 years. It provides a timely update on the manufacturing sector and insights into economy-wide trends.

The March Quarter result shows further gains in manufacturing output. While new orders advanced there was some loss of momentum early in 2018, translating into a consolidation in employment and less intense use of overtime.

Small Business Survey | March Quarter 2016

The AusChamber Small Business Survey is a national survey aggregated from the surveys conducted by member associations of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The data is derived from the AusChamber Business Expectations Survey.

In total 2,513 businesses participated in the Business Expectations Survey, of which 1,535 were small businesses, defined as those with 0-19 employees. The survey covers January, February and March 2016.

Business Expectations Survey | March Quarter 2016

The Business Expectations Survey is a national survey aggregated from the surveys conducted by member associations of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. These surveys cover firms in every mainland state, in every industry and of every size. In total, they represent Australia’s most comprehensive survey of business expectations.  The data in this survey covers the period October, November and December 2015. There were 2,513 respondents to the survey.

Small Business Survey | December 2015 Quarter

The AusChamber Small Business Survey is a national survey aggregated from the surveys conducted by member associations of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The data is derived from the AusChamber Business Expectations Survey. In total 3,405 businesses participated in the Business Expectations Survey, of which 1,577 were small businesses, defined as those with 0-19 employees. The survey covers October, November and December 2015.

Business Expectations Survey | December Quarter 2015

The Business Expectations Survey is a national survey aggregated from the surveys conducted by member associations of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. These surveys cover firms in every mainland state, in every industry and of every size. In total, they represent Australia’s most comprehensive survey of business expectations.  The data in this survey covers the period October, November and December 2015. There were 3,405 respondents to the survey.

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