ABS Business Indicators
Business Impacts of COVID-19, June 2020
The latest results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey on Business Impacts of COVID-19 have revealed a drop in revenue across the board as a result of the coronavirus crisis, with a majority of businesses turning to their banks, lawyers and accountants for advice about operating in changed conditions.
Businesses with decreased revenue that were operating as normal were most likely to report that revenue was up to 25 per cent lower (44 per cent), while businesses with decreased revenue operating under modified conditions were most likely to report that revenue was 25 to less than 50 per cent lower (38 per cent).
Topping the reduction in revenue ladder were businesses in education and training, with 87 per cent of businesses in this group reporting revenue changes compared to last year. Following closely was accommodation and food services with 84 per cent, and information media and telecommunications with 80 per cent.
Not too far behind were businesses in arts and recreation services with 78 per cent, while mining appeared to be the least hit with just over 30 per cent of businesses reporting a drop in revenue.
Moreover, more than half of businesses with decreased revenue in accommodation and food services (63 per cent), arts and recreation services (60 per cent), and information media and telecommunications (53 per cent) reported that revenue had reduced by 50 per cent or more compared to the same time last year.
According to the ABS, less than one in 10 of all businesses (8 per cent) reported that revenue had increased compared to the same time last year.