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 | December 2017

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 December 2017 Quarter result shows continued solid output, backlog and new orders, while employment and overtime are expanding.

Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends | September 2017

Australia’s manufacturers are benefitting from a strong upswing in public infrastructure spending, with stronger world growth and a relatively low dollar supporting growing exports, the latest Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial trends has found

Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends | June 2017

Australia’s manufacturers have capped off a year of improved performance, as increased spending on infrastructure provides support but rising energy costs take their toll, the June-quarter Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends has found.

Australian Chamber–Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends | March 2017

The Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends, Australia’s longest running business survey dating from 1966, provides a timely update on manufacturing and insights into economy-wide trends.

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.

2015 Australian Chamber Trade Survey

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2015 Trade Survey is designed to identify and understand issues relating to internation trade faced by Australian businesses. In the 2015 edition, a sample of 227 businesses of various sizes and industries were surveyed, across Australian states and territories. Firms were categorised as small (up to 19 employees), medium (20- 199 employees) or large (200 or more employees). The 2015 Trade Survey was distributed via state and territory based chambers of commerce and selected member industry associations from 1 October to 10 November 2014.

The 2015 ACCI Trade Survey reveals that Australian businesses engaged in international trade are flexible and actively looking for opportunities.

The quantitative survey revealed key insights into six categories:

  • Access to information
  • Trade-related issues
  • Trade administration
  • Trade agreements
  • Trade support services of chambers of commerce and industry associations
  • Service of chambers of commerce and industry associations

Most of the survey respondents were engaged in both importing and exporting, with 15 per cent engaged exclusively in the exporting of services. The respondents
were most heavily involved in trade with Asia, in particular, China, Thailand and Singapore.

For the first time, ACCI undertook the second phase of data analysis in the form of qualitative case studies. These were conducted to obtain further information from
respondents regarding specific areas of the trade environment affecting their business.

Overall, the results demonstrate the tenacity and resilience of Australian traders. Businesses engaged in international transactions often face many obstacles.
However, the results show ultimately that businesses are committed to their international ventures — in spite of the challenges.

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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