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October edition

The Australian Innovation System Monitor – October 2021 edition provides updated data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian businesses and the government measures to contain it. It also presents new and updated analyses from the incorporated data releases on this page.

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ABS Business Expenditure on R&D (BERD) 3.1 & 4.2 >>

The ABS released its biennial update of Business Expenditures on R&D (BERD) and Gross Expenditures on R&D (GERD) for 2020–21. The estimates suggest that total BERD increased from $16.7 billion in 2015–16 to $17.4 billion in 2017–18.

ABS Counts of Australian Businesses 2.1 & 2.3 >>

Latest business counts data provides insight of the business environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The counts report a sharp increase in business entries, specifically in the Construction industry in 2020–21.

WIPO Global Innovation Index 2021 1.4 >>

The Global Innovation Index 2021 report was released, ranking Australia against other world economies through innovation measures and outputs.

IMD World Competitiveness Rankings 1.4 & 5.4 >>

Global rankings by the Institute for Management Development which measure competitiveness. Includes an overall ranking, and digital and talent sub-rankings.

Clarivate Analytics Incites 3.4 >>

The latest Clarivate Analytics data has been updated with new world population and country comparison data. Australia continues to perform strongly in terms of highly-cited publications and research excellence.

GEM Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2.4 >>

Additional insights from the GEM 2019 National Report have been added supplementary to existing global data.

OECD Education at a Glance 2021 5.4 >>

The latest OECD release for 2021 highlights Australia’s performance in educational expenditure, tertiary education and vocational education attainment.

OECD Main Science and Technology Indicators 3.2, 3.5, 4.4 & 5.2 >>

The OECD released its September 2021 update of the Main Science and Technology Indicators (MSTI) database which enables international comparisons on a wide range of measures, including the headline measure of gross expenditure on R&D (GERD).

NCVER VOCSTATS National VET Provider Collection 5.1 >>

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released National VET Activity data for 2020.

World Bank World Governance Indicators 5.4 >>

The World Bank has updated World Governance Indicators data for 2021. Australia continues to rate highly across the OECD for government effectiveness and regulatory quality.

Last updated: 19 October 2021