ABARE survey of businesses in Australia's mining technology services sector, Financial Year 2003/2004
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
It has been two years since this first survey was undertaken. In 2004, ABARE is conducting a second survey of businesses in the MTS sector on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. The information collected through this survey will be used to assess progress in achieving the recommendations identified in the report by the Strategic Leaders Group (SLG) of the Mining Technology Services Action Agenda (MTSAA).
In July 2003, the SLG report of the MTSAA was submitted to Cabinet. This report identified a list of key challenges – and related opportunities – for the MTS sector. These key challenges are:
The SLG report of the MTSAA included a list of recommendations, with accompanying actions, to address these key challenges. The next phase of implementing the recommendations, as appropriate, by industry and government, has commenced.
The structure of the ABARE survey has been designed around collecting information that will serve as indicators to assess whether progress has been made toward achieving these recommendations. The survey results will be aggregated to produce industry-wide statistics, and then ultimately published as an ABARE research report. This report will be released by December 2004.
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How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? What are the target RSEs for the survey? (B2)
These key areas aim to provide information to allow government and industry to assess whether the MTS sector has progressed under the Mining Technology Services Action Agenda. The information collected includes indicators for increased sales and export revenue, penetration of export regions, collaboration within the sector, investment in research and development, funding sources for development of businesses, take-up of e-business, increased development of staff, increased number of patents in the sector, and progress of implementation of the MTS Action Agenda.
The survey will be sent to respondents by e-mail (preferred) or post. Post will only be used when an e-mail address is unavailable.
The target RSEs are set at 10% to 15%. This assumes that RSEs will improve from those obtained in the first survey undertaken in 2002, since in this second survey we are using a stratified random sample design.
DITR is providing funding to ABARE to undertake this survey as stated in the current SLA agreement.
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What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
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