Checklist: Market research and intelligence sources

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Last updated on May 15, 2013

This is a listing of information, data and statistics sources that may be useful for business who are interested in investing in Tasmania or Tasmanian business looking to sell their products or services interstate or overseas.

This listing is divided into the following sections:

  1. Statistics and services for business
  2. Economic data and information on Tasmania
  3. Small Business profile and benchmarking
  4. Exporting and international markets

Statistics and services for business

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Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Provides statistics and services on a wide range of economic, social and environmental matters in Australia.

ABS National Regional Profile

Presents a standard set of data on economy, population/people, industry and environment/energy by state/territory. Tasmanian data is further segmented into sixteen areas.  

ABS National Information and Referral Service

If you have trouble finding what data you are looking for, try this ABS service.

ABS Small Business

This section provides information and links to relevant ABS data, training and consultancy services for small business.

Data.gov.au

Provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government and state and territory governments.

LINC Tasmania

Brings together the services of the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Adult Education and online access centres.  Provides access to business e-resources including local newspapers, magazines and international journals for research purposes.

Australian Post data and marketing services

A service that helps your business in developing a national or Tasmanian client database and marketing through direct mailing campaigns.

Economic data, database and information on Tasmania

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Economic Data Releases for Tasmania, Department of Treasury and Finance

Provides up to date analysis of the Tasmanian economy and its performance in relation to the Australian economy. These data releases cover a broad range of economic indicators, such as consumer price index, building approvals, employment trends, retail trade, international merchandise exports and many more.

Sector Summaries

Detailed strategies have been developed for the key trade and investment sectors.

Regional information and data via councils

Some councils provide a range of information including land development, business advice and referral, industry development and key data on their area. Contact the councils responsible for the areas you are considering to find out more.

Local Government Association of Tasmania provides links to each Tasmanian council's website.  
Hobart City Council
Launceston City Council

Research, Tourism Tasmania


This website provides research data such as visitor statistics, consumer behaviour, market reports, etc. to inform your business decisions.

Small Business profile and benchmarking

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Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

To find out how your small business performs financially against similar businesses in an industry, check out the ATO's Small Business Benchmarks.

Key Statistics - Australian Small Business

Released by the Department of Treasury, the Small Business Data Card contains some key information on Australia's small businesses including demographics, employment, counts by industry sector and contribution to the economy.

Business Statistics Snapshot Update 2016

Includes an overview of small business statistics for Australia and Tasmania.

Department of State Growth Small Business Research 2017

Preliminary results from the research undertaken in 2017.

Exporting and international markets

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Tasmania's international exports
Statistics on Tasmania's international exports by product and by country

Austrade
Provides comprehensive information for exporters from market research sources to trade statistics of our key trading partners.

Country, economy and regional information, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Provides facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of almost 240 countries and economies.

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