AIBS 2019

Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) 2019 is a collaborative effort between the Export Council of Australia (ECA), the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). AIBS is the largest undertaking of its kind and has been surveying current conditions and future outlook of internationally engaged Australian businesses since 2014. The findings of this report are distinctive and significant because they provide key insights into the nature, needs, concerns and future plans of the Australian international business community.

In 2019, AIBS surveyed a total of 593 businesses who were actively undertaking international business activities representing 75 industry sub-sectors across more than 90 international markets. The AIBS provides a detailed view of current and future opportunities and challenges faced by businesses that are experienced and successful internationally.

AIBS 2019 was launched on 29 October by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.

Click here to download the full report, or you can access the highlights report by clicking here.

As well as national-level data, the ECA has prepared shorter reports covering states, markets and industries.

These include:


  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • South Australia


  • United States
  • China


  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture, forestry and food
  • Education and training
  • Professional services

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Eric Meppem,
Co-Founder & Commercial Director,
Pharmako Biotechnologies Pty Ltd
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