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Annual Enterprise Survey – information for participants

Why are you carrying out this survey?

We carry out the Annual Enterprise Survey (AES) to provide annual data for financial performance and financial position by broad industry groups. The information the survey provides is important because:

  • the financial performance is the backbone of our economic statistics system
  • the data provides the main accounting aggregates needed to construct the annual GDP, and provides the starting point for economic and financial analysis.

Who takes part in the survey? How did you select me?

Approximately 450,000 total businesses that had traded within the survey year (for greater than six months in a single geographic enterprise) may be selected. We select approximately 16,000 of these, based on criteria such as:

  • industry
  • GST sales amount
  • number of employees.

In general, the larger the contribution a business makes to the totals we publish, the more likely they are to be selected to be in a survey. Totals are not only on a national basis, but can also be by industry, and type of legal entity.

When do you carry out the survey?

The survey is carried out every year.

How can I complete the survey questionnaire?

You can complete the survey questionnaire by filling in a paper form.

How do I classify assets and liabilities?

Financial assets and liabilities: Appendix 2 has definitions of our classification categories for assets and liabilities. These definitions will help you complete the Financial Position section of the questionnaire accurately.

 

Page updated 13 May 2016

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