• Service delivery

    Using ABR data items

    Your agency can use ABR data items to help with the delivery of services to the community, for example, waste management, transport and education programs and to:

    • validate ABN registration and GST registration
    • validate details from registration and licensing applications
    • identify businesses and formulate policy for the delivery of support services
    • identify businesses for education about regulatory requirements
    • conduct business/economic surveys
    • identify business associates to avoid conflicts of interest
    • create a statistical report of businesses in your region, using charts/summaries/maps
    • identify and target suppliers for local purchasing
    • validate vendor application forms
    • categorise spend analysis (using ANZSIC information).

    Data items that can be used

    • entity name
    • business name
    • main business address
    • additional business location address
    • email address
    • phone number
    • associate information
    • ABN registration date of effect
    • ABN cancellation date of effect
    • GST registration date of effect
    • GST cancellation date of effect.

    Case study: Filling in the data gaps in the Alice

    In Alice Springs, distance is no barrier to good planning when you have the right information.

    The Department of Regional Development, Primary Industries, Fisheries and Resources recently conducted economic profiling of the town.

    Principal analyst, Megha Raut, said ABR data provided a robust sampling framework for a business survey of the area, ensuring a more meaningful picture of the Alice Springs economy.

    ‘It helped us collect a broad range of economic data from a diverse cross-section of businesses and develop a definitive economic profile of Alice Springs,’ Megha said.

    ‘It filled in the data gaps – identifying select businesses, specifically in small regions, and allowed us to identify areas of growth, strength and improvement.’

    The survey covered four key areas:

    • descriptive – such as industry, business turnover and number of employees
    • business performance – confidence and opportunities
    • business links – links by suppliers and market conditions by industry
    • business assistance – what, if anything, is required from the Northern Territory government to assist businesses.

    By cross-matching ABR business name and address data with administrative data from other government and business directories, the department identified 1,780 active businesses.

    The department contacted 600 of these businesses and completed 374 surveys.

    ABR address data was used to develop detailed maps for the department’s field offices.

    To develop the maps, officers outlined town planning zones and highlighted areas according to specific industry groups.

    Next, they incorporated ABR and Northern Territory Government data to create a layered map providing the exact location of selected businesses.

    ‘This allowed us to identify all active businesses, including home-based businesses, with a street address,’ Megha said.


    Further information  Have you had success using ABR data? Would you like to share your story with other agencies? If so contact us.


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