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Business Operations Survey: 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  15 April 2013
Key facts

In 2012, the main impacts of regulation were:

  • 1 in 5 businesses had enhanced performance from workplace safety regulation.
    (See Corrections and revisions for information about a change made to this figure.)
  • 1 in 5 businesses had constrained performance from employment regulation.
  • 41 percent of businesses raised the skill level of employees in response to regulation.
  • Absorbing costs was the most common method of dealing with increased compliance costs.

Other results showed:

  • Tradespersons were still the most difficult occupation group to recruit in 2012.
  • Businesses with broadband connections have plateaued at 94 percent.

 Graph, Effects of regulation, last financial year at August 2012.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician
15 April 2013
ISSN 1178-0711
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