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September 2020 edition

The Australian Innovation System Monitor – September 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.

All interactive charts in this edition have been re-built using the Plotly R open source graphing library[1]. As a result, the charts load faster and more reliably than under previous editions. A new Downloads page has also been added to give users access to all the data and snapshots in the AIS Monitor in one place.

To keep improving the AIS Monitor the project team invites your feedback, which can be submitted via the feedback form link provided on each page or by email to

The following data releases have been incorporated:

The COVID-19 page has been updated with information from the July and August 2020 releases of the ABS Business Impacts of COVID-19 survey. Information from the OECD and the National Skills Commission have been updated from newer reports. See COVID-19 page >>

The OECD has published their Main Science and Technology Indicators for the first half of 2020. This release provides updated data on Australia's spending on R&D. South Korea and Germany have the greatest higher education expenditure on R&D as a proportion of GDP. Go to sections 3.2, 3.5, 4.4, 5.2 >>

Data from the European Patent Office on patent family filings have been updated. The total number of family filings each year has remained relatively stable. Patent family filings were most concentrated in the Civil engineering technology field with 429 patent families filed in 2017. Go to sections 4.1, 5.3 >>

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released National Apprentice and Trainee data for 2019. This shows that trends that began in 2012 have continued in 2019. Go to section 5.1 >>

Last updated: 4 September 2020