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Developing a Business Longitudinal Database

Conference presentation

The conference presentation, Developing a Business Longitudinal Database, was presented by Geoff Heffernan from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, at the Productivity Perspectives 2004 conference.


The ABS has commenced the development of a business longitudinal database (BLD), using a combination of administrative by-product data and ABS survey data. Key drivers for the project have been the extensive use of the existing Business Longitudinal Survey (BLS) and continued demand for business longitudinal data. The development of the Australian Business Register and the associated Australian Business Number (ABN) by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) together with the development of an Input Data Warehouse (IDW) by the ABS have been key enablers for the project. This presentation will provide some insights into the parameters which are influencing the design and development of the BLD, and discuss the major issues which are being addressed as part of the development project. Key aspects of the project which will be discussed include requirements of researchers and analysts, how those requirements are influencing the design, scope and content of the BLD, and the major provider and data management issues to be addressed.

Associated material

Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) - Proposed Design
Paper PDF 0.3 MB

Appendix - User Requirements
Paper PDF 0.3 MB
Paper XLS 0.2 MB

Developing a Business Longitudinal Database
Slide Presentation PDF 0.1 MB
Slide Presentation PPS 0.1 MB

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