Australia's International Business Survey (AIBS)

In 2014 the ECA launched a longitudinal survey, Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS), with Austrade, Efic and the University of Sydney, designed to capture data on the international business activity of Australian companies. The first survey captured data from over 1,600 Australian exporters, making it the most comprehensive investigation into Australia’s international business activity in more than 15 years. AIBS 2015 (which was released on 30 July 2015) resulted from the collection of fully completed and validated responses from 1,237 companies involved in international business. The findings of this report are distinctive and significant because they provide key insights into the nature, needs, concerns and future plans of the overall Australian international business community from the company perspective.


AIBS 2014

AIBS 2014 – Australia’s International Business Survey 2014 – is the most comprehensive investigation into Australian international business activity in more than 15 years. Capturing data from more than 1,600 Australian exporters, the report provides unique insights from a diverse range of businesses – small, medium, and large; primary, secondary and tertiary.

It manages to capture the opinions of a significant slice of Australian companies with international experience, operating across more than 120 markets, with a strong representation from the manufacturing sector (31 per cent) and services sector (58 per cent).

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AIBS 2015

Capturing data from more than 1,200 Australian businesses, AIBS 2015 reflects the opinions of a wide range of firms from 19 sectors (and 93 subsectors) operating in 114 overseas markets.

AIBS 2015 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
  • the overseas markets they currently operate in
  • the barriers they face in accessing those markets
  • the economies they are targeting for future business
  • their understanding of, and demand for, free trade agreements
  • their approach to international marketing
  • domestic factors influencing their international competitiveness, including their ability to access finance.
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AIBS 2016

Following the success of last year's Australia's International Business Survey (AIBS) we are very pleased to once again launch Australia's largest survey into export behaviour in Australia.

Australia’s International Business Survey 2016 will officially re-open in October 2015.

To understand your business, we need your input.

What’s the future for Australia’s companies engaged in international business?

Following on from the successful launch of last year’s international business survey we’re keen to hear from you on the issues that are most important to your business and your international success.

This survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

We’re interested in feedback from companies of any size, in any industry, involved in international business including those aspiring to compete internationally, or ones who have recently stopped doing international business.

The results and subsequent insights will be used to drive the agenda for the future of Australia’s international business. The survey is independent and confidential.

What you can do for us

Please take 15 minutes to fill in the survey.

Your input is extremely valuable, we can't plan if we don't know the facts.

What we can do for you

  • Share your experiences with offshore markets, the opportunities and barriers you have faced as well as interact with peers
  • Help improve the government and industry services to support your international success
  • Help the ECA inform decision making and Australia’s future trade agenda
  • The results will be used to drive the agenda for future trade.
  • Have your say: We’re here to help!
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