Australia's International Business Survey 2016

Australia’s International Business Survey 2016 (AIBS 2016) is the third in a series of studies of Australia's international business activity. Commissioned by the Export Council of Australia (ECA) with the support of Austrade and Efic (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation), AIBS 2016 was conducted by the University of Sydney between November 2015 and March 2016.

Capturing data from 913 Australian businesses undertaking international activities, AIBS 2016 reflects the opinions of a wide range of firms from 19 sectors (and 93 subsectors) operating in 113 overseas markets.

A summary of results from the 2016 survey are available in the Highlights Report (2.76MB)

AIBS 2016 Highlights report

In-depth analysis of key survey findings is available from the Economics at Austrade blog.

AIBS 2016 provides detailed information on:

  • the demographics of participating businesses including size, experience and the role of international earnings
  • the nature of their engagement with the global economy, including trade, investment, R&D, government procurement and e-commerce
  • their first markets, and key overseas markets they currently operate in
  • the most valued assistance, skills and advantages required to target and succeed in those markets
  • the economies they are targeting for future business
  • domestic factors influencing their international competitiveness, including their ability to access finance
  • the outlook and risks.

Interactive Data for Key Markets

This year for the first time we have also presented a selection of AIBS 2016 data and given users the ability to compare these results across either the full sample of all markets in which our respondents operated, or instead to focus on the findings for just one individual market. So, for example, this interactive feature means that it’s now possible to compare how AIBS 2016 respondents service the US and China markets, or contrast the reasons businesses chose to target India or New Zealand.

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The complete Survey Report produced by the University of Sydney can also be downloaded.

Individual survey results for key markets and industries are also available (PDF):