Australian Innovation Research Centre

New Evidence on the Frequency, Impacts and Costs of Activities to Develop Innovations in Australian Businesses

Commencement Date 01 May 2014
Project Status Current


In 2014-2015, the AIRC undertook a research project for the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The study had two goals:

  1. To determine if useful, high quality data could be collected from Australian businesses on the frequency, costs and impacts of their innovative activities. This required developing and cognitively testing new survey questions that managers could answer with a reasonable level of accuracy.
  2. To determine if these new survey questions could provide useful data for both businesses and governments.

A key part of the project involved a pilot survey of 1600 randomly selected Australian businesses. The survey covered all industries except for public administration and safety, education and training, financial asset investing and superannuation.

The full results of the research project are detailed in a report delivered to the DIIS in late 2015 and accessible here (PDF 1.68MB). A shorter summary of the main results sent out to all participating businesses is available here (PDF 911 KB).

Research Output

O'Brien, K., Arundel, A., Bowen Butchart, D., Gatenby-Clark, S., 2015. New evidence on the frequency, impacts and costs of activities to develop innovations in Australian businesses:
Results from a 2015 pilot survey.
Australian Innovation Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

O'Brien, K., Arundel, A., Bowen Butchart, D., Gatenby-Clark, S., 2016. Innovation in Australian Businesses: How often, how much and what impact? Australian Innovation Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.