Australia's International Business Survey (AIBS) 2021
In 2020-21, COVID-19, lockdown measures, supply chain disruptions, and trade tensions led to a particularly challenging global setting. Now in its seventh year, Australia’s International Business Survey 2021 determined how these conditions affected Australian exporters and how they responded.
The survey was conducted in August and September 2021. Exporters were asked about the largest disruptions and challenges they faced in 2020-21, which countries they were doing business with, if they were looking to diversify their export markets, and about their outlook for the immediate future.
The 683 survey respondents included businesses selling goods and services into 110 export markets. Of the responses received, 90% were small and medium sized exporters, with 40% employing 5 or less people. Women-owned businesses represented just 18% of the survey participants, and Indigenous-owned businesses represented just 4% of participants. There was a good spread of representation across industries, with the top 5 being manufacturing (31%), wholesale (15%), mining (9%), agriculture, fishing and forestry (7%), and media telecommunications (6%).
The 2021 International Business Survey report was a collaboration between Austrade (the Australian Trade and Investment Commission), the Export Council of Australia, and the University of Canberra.
Report Launch - Australia's International Business Survey (AIBS) 2021
Australia’s International Business Survey 2021 gauged how exporters were impacted by and managed the difficult trading conditions in the last 12-18 months. The 683 survey respondents included businesses that exported goods and services into 110 markets overseas.
Join Austrade and Export Council of Australia to discuss the findings of the survey. Hear from exporters directly about their experiences and approaches. Learn about markets of interest including the UK and Japan.
- Mr Arnold Jorge (MC) – CEO, Export Council of Australia
- Ms Cherelle Murphy – Chief Economist, Austrade
- Ms Ashley Brosnan – Manager, Economics and Analysis, Austrade
- Mr Richard Dolan – Managing Director, Bec Hardy Wines
- Ms Amanda Healy – CEO, Kirrikin