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July 2020 edition
The Australian Innovation System Monitor July 2020 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 It also presents new and updated analyses and retires superseded content.

The following data releases have been incorporated:



The COVID-19 page has been updated with information from the June 2020 release of the ABS Business Impacts of COVID-19 survey. It has also been expanded with information from reports published by the IMF, OECD, National Australia Bank and the National Skills Commission. See COVID-19 page >>

Data from the recent business characteristics survey from the ABS have been updated. About half of all Australian businesses continue to identify as innovation-active businesses. A number of new analyses have also been added, namely information on innovation activity by innovation stage, business size, industry and innovation type. The share of businesses receiving orders via the internet has also been added as it provides an estimate on the rise of online sales. Go to sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 4.1, 4.3, 5.2 >>

Data from the ABS on higher education resources devoted to research and development (HERD) have been updated. Spending on HERD was almost $12.2 billion in 2018 and this represents about 34 per cent of total R&D spending. Go to sections 3.3, 4.2 >>

Data from the ABS on government expenditure on R&D (GovERD) have been updated. This reveals that South Australia has overtaken the Australian Capital Territory and is now second to Victoria on Commonwealth expenditure on R&D. Go to sections 3.2, 4.2 >>

A new analysis on business expenditure on R&D (BERD) as a share of GDP has been added using ABS data. Year-to-year changes reflect changes in both BERD as well as GDP, so the ratio should be interpreted with caution. It shows a steady decline over the last 20 years. Go to section 3.1 >>

A new analysis on intangible capital has been added using national accounts data from the ABS. Spending on intangible capital investments by Australian businesses has seen sustained growth over the past 40 years. Go to section 5.3 >>

A new analysis of World Governance Indicators from the World Bank investigates the link between good governance and innovation. Australia rates among the top OECD member countries for government effectiveness and regulatory quality. Go to section 5.4 >>


Last updated: 28 July 2020