Surveys

We conduct regular surveys to check the pulse of Australian businesses and inform our policy positions. Our surveys are intended to inform businesses, policy makers and the community on the condition of industry. They are frequently 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 International Trade Survey | 2016

The Australian Chamber’s National Trade Survey is an annual survey that gauges the attitudes of Australian international trade businesses on key trade issues. The National Trade Survey 2016, the third instalment of the survey, was conducted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the University of South Australia’s Australian Centre for Asian Business.

The quantitative component involved questionnaire responses from 202 international trade businesses, while a subsequent qualitative component involved 27 in-depth interviews with individual respondents.

Respondents were surveyed across seven categories: the profile of Australian international traders; the issues the most mattered to traders; administration; trade finance; the use and understanding of free trade agreements; preferred markets and FTAs; and trade support services.

The survey found that lack of understanding of free trade agreements, shortages of finance and excessive red tape were the main concerns.

It also found that a majority of respondents consider potential free trade agreements with India and Indonesia to be key government priorities.

Australia’s falling international competitiveness and a high exchange rate rounded out the main concerns for traders.

Australian Chamber International Trade Survey | 2014

The Australian Chamber International Trade Survey has been designed to identify and understand the issues relating to cross border transactions faced by Australian businesses.

A total of 314 businesses were surveyed, across every state and territory, representing different business sizes and across all industries. Firms were broken down according to their employee size in order to categories the cohorts as small, medium or large.

Small: 1 – 19 employees
Medium: 20 – 199 employees
Large: 200+ employees

Additional detail about respondents can be found in Appendix I.

The ACCI National Trade Survey was distributed through ACCI’s state and territory based chamber of commerce and selected industry association members from 24 October to 23 December 2013.

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.

National Red Tape Survey – March 2015

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s first National Red Tape Survey was published in 2012. Its aim was to examine the costs and complexity of regulatory compliance in Australia from a business perspective. Now in its third year, the survey seeks to build a time series of information that can be used to measure the impact of regulation on the Australian business community over time

The ACCI 2015 National Red Tape Survey was distributed through ACCI’s state and territory based chamber of commerce and industry association members from 20 August to 15 November 2014.

A total of 709 businesses were surveyed, representing different business sizes and across all industries. The majority of businesses responding to the survey had between 1 and 49 employees and operated only in one state, clearly representative of the small and medium business sector.

Watch an overview of the survey results or download the full survey below.

National Red Tape Survey – March 2014

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s first National Red Tape Survey was published in 2012. Its aim was to examine the costs and complexity of regulatory compliance in Australia from a business perspective. Now in its second year, the survey seeks to further investigate and measure the impact of regulation on the Australian business community.

Results from the 2014 survey reveal that regulatory burdens remain a pressing concern for industry. A majority of respondents believe the amount of red tape has increased over the past 12 months, with almost two thirds considering their industry to be over-regulated. Disturbingly, almost 40 per cent of respondents reported that the impact of regulation had prevented them from making changes to grow their business. Moreover, over half of those surveyed stated they were unable to pass on the cost of regulation to consumers, leaving the cost to be borne by the business.

A total of 839 businesses were surveyed, representing different business sizes and across all industries. The majority of businesses responding to the survey had between 1 and 49 employees, clearly representative of the small and medium business sector.

The 2014 National Red Tape Survey was distributed through state and territory based chambers of commerce and selected member industry association from 11 November 2013 to 10 December 2013.

Download the full survey results below.

National Red Tape Survey – October 2012

The inaugural Australian Chamber National Red Tape Survey has been designed to identify and understand the administrative complexity and the impact of the burden of regulatory compliance faced by Australian businesses. In addition, the survey identifies the financial and human resources required by the business to meet such responsibilities. The survey seeks to better identify and understand the cumulative impact of the regulatory burdens faced by Australian businesses, which impede productivity, innovation, investment, employment and growth. Finally, it seeks to identify solutions to ease the burden.

A total of 870 businesses were surveyed, across every state and territory, representing different business sizes and across all industries. The majority of businesses responding to the survey had between 1 and 49 employees, clearly representative of the small and medium business sector.

The Australian Chamber National Red Tape Survey was distributed through state and territory based chamber of commerce and selected member industry association from
20 August to 10 September 2012.

Download the full survey results below.

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