The ABS also pointed out that a total of 831,000 businesses were using some form of IT in 2016-17. This compared to a total of 799,000 in 2015-16.
Key indicators of the use of technology by businesses were broadband use, a Web presence, a social media presence and the use of the Internet for commerce.
Percentage-wise, the number with Internet access rose only marginally, from 95.3% in 2015-16 to 95.4% in 2016-17. Of these, nearly all (99.4%) had broadband access.
It found that 44.5% of the total businesses had indulged in some activity that could be defined as innovative.
The ABS provided the following statistics:
- By employment size, 70% of businesses with 200 or more persons employed were innovation-active, compared to 36% of businesses with 0 to 4 people employed.
- By industry, information media and telecommunications had the highest proportion of businesses that had introduced at least one type of innovation (54%) with goods or services (29%) the most common type of innovation introduced.
- Just over one in five businesses had innovation still in development (21%) as at 30 June 2017, with marketing methods (10%) the most common type of innovation still in development.
Around 59.3% of businesses were found to be placing orders via the Internet, with 37.1% receiving orders through an online presence.
Online income was $394.3 billion in 2016-17, compared to $321.4 billion in 2015-16.