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Lunchtime Lecture: “New data to unlock important economic insights for Australian businesses” – 15 September

September 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our September lunchtime lecture is a unique opportunity to better understand new, high-value data developed by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation & Science. Our guest presenter Andrew Lalor is the Department’s General Manager of the Data Management and Analytics Taskforce.

At this lunchtime lecture, Andrew will particularly showcase the Enhanced Analytical Business Longitudinal Database (EABLD). The Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has been working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to establish the EABLD, which is a major nation-wide firm-level data integration project. The EABLD is designed to unlock important economic insights (such as what is driving firm level productivity, business growth and competitiveness) and improve the evidence base for policy development and evaluation.

The EABLD is not simply a database but a methodology for linking business datasets through a common identifier (ie the ABN). It has been designed to allow for additional datasets to be added. The initial version of the EABLD integrates administrative data from the Australian Taxation Office with collected survey data from the Business Characteristics Survey, Economic Activity Survey, Business Research and Development Survey and Patenting data for all active businesses in the Australian economy from 2001–02 to 2013–14. And this is just the start…A version of the data was made available for the 2016 GovHack event.

Our presenter will also share his experiences in building the data maturity of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

This lunchtime lecture will cover:

  • The purpose of the EABLD and plans for its evolution
  • Examples of level analysis using the EABLD
  • Opportunities for collaboration
  • The importance of data management and governance and building the data skills of employees.

Lunchtime lectures are free to attend and open to anyone.


September 15, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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