Demographic, economic and social data research

Whether you are researching your business idea or planning to expand your business, it is important that you understand key information about your customers, the local economy and a range of other areas. This information will help you to make informed decisions. The following organisations can help you to find key demographic, economic and social data.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

ABS is Australia's official statistical organisation. ABS has a range of resources dedicated to assisting small businesses with market research, profiling customers and a range of other issues. For example, data from the most recent census can be used to build a detailed profile of your customer base.

Learn more about how you can use information from ABS to plan and improve your business. You can also see ABS data specifically for Queensland.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

You can use benchmarking data from the ATO to compare your expenses and profits to other businesses in your industry. ATO records benchmarks to show key business ratios for more than 100 industries reporting within high, medium and low turnover ranges.

Assess your business performance using the ATO's small business financial benchmarking data.

Local council

Queensland local councils are a valuable source of local socio-demographic data, providing a range of community and economic datasets and information.

Find your local council.

Melbourne Institute

The Melbourne Institute is Australia's leading and longest-standing research institute in the field of economics. They offer a range of publications that discuss key economic and social indicators.

Queensland Government Statistician’s Office (QGSO)

QGSO holds a wide range of demographic, economic and social data relating to Queensland. You can search for statistics by region or subject (including demography, society, economy, industry and development, and environment).

Learn more about key statistical and economic data on the QGSO website.

Parliament of Australia library

The Parliament of Australia library maintains an extensive list of resources of economic, labour and industry information. You can search for data on a wide range of topics.

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)

RBA is Australia's central bank. It conducts monetary policy, works to maintain a strong financial system and issues Australia's currency. RBA keeps a wide range of statistics, including information on exchange rates, interest rates and inflation.

Search for statistics on the RBA website.

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