Today sees the release of the latest report in the Australia’s
International Business Survey (AIBS) series. Supported by Austrade, the
Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) and the Export Council of
Australia (ECA) and conducted by AMR Research, AIBS 2018 is the fifth
survey in the AIBS series and builds upon the work of its four predecessors
to help inform our understanding of Australia’s international business
engagement at the firm level.
AIBS is an important source of insight into the activities and opinions of
Australia’s internationally active businesses. While much analysis of
Australia’s international economic performance takes place at the macro
level and focuses on aggregates such as total exports and the trade
balance, AIBS provides insights into how individual Australian businesses
are adapting to the changing global economy.
Based on online survey work conducted during the first half of 2018, the
survey captures the responses of 713 Australian companies (629
internationally active) drawn from 19 industry sectors operating across 92
international markets. It does a particularly good job of representing the
views of internationally experienced small and medium-sized enterprises:
About 60 per cent of survey respondents had 19 or fewer employees.
This year’s survey covers familiar ground in providing details on the broad
range of cross-border activities undertaken by Australian firms, their
views on doing business in key markets, their experience with accessing
finance for their international operations, and the outlook for future
activities including the top target markets for new business over the next
two years. In addition, new questions in this year’s survey also look at
business engagement with Latin America, and use of technology and
Over the coming days we will make available a selection of interactive
graphics illustrating some of the main results from this year’s report. A
series of blog posts will also draw out some of the findings of this year’s
survey that have caught our attention. Finally, users will be able to
download major State, industry, markets and Latin American reports.
Download the full AIBS 2018 Report