Business in the Regions 2014 Survey
The Business in the Regions 2014 survey is now
Thank you to all business owners and
managers who participated in the survey.
Your contribution is helping us gain
a better understanding of the characteristics of regional businesses
and the experiences of business owners and managers who choose to operate in
regional Western Australia.
was delivered in partnership with Curtin University of
Statistics are currently being collated and an
update will be available in the near future.
Who can I contact for
more information or to submit a late response?
Department of Regioonal Development
T: 08 6552 2103
Why was the survey conducted?
Comprehensive, up-to-date information of regional businesses is
scarce, as is information on the characteristics and experiences of the owners
of these businesses. The survey was designed to provide information
the composition of regionally-based small to medium businesses and
the characteristics of their owner/managers
the reasons entrepreneurs establish small to medium businesses in
regional areas, their expectations for the future and their intentions to remain
in or leave a region, and
the specific experiences of Aboriginal
Are the responses confidential?
Yes, all responses will be anonymous and confidential. The survey
results will be collected at the regional level, in accordance with the nine
regions identified in the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993. The
department will ensure that individual businesses cannot be identified in the
How long was the survey open for?
The survey period commenced on 3 June 2014 and ended on 31 July 2014.
How were businesses chosen?
All businesses with a location in regional Western Australia were
eligible to complete the survey.
What did the survey ask?
The survey asked questions about:
the quality of life for business owners
current business conditions and future business
the advantages and disadvantages associated with running a regional
use of web based platforms and social media
workforce requirements, and
whether they intend to remain in the regions and succession
How will the results be used?
The survey findings will play a vital role in ensuring the state
government provides effective, targeted support to regional businesses across
the state, including projects to support regional small business development and
Aboriginal economic development activities. The results will also inform
decisions on funding priorities for the Royalties for Regions
Who will use the survey findings?
It is anticipated that businesses, industry groups, State Government
agencies and local governments will also use the survey findings to help drive
business development in regional communities.
Was this the first Business in the Regions survey?
Yes. The department plans to run the survey every three years to
track changes over time, and maintain an up-to-date picture of regional
How does the Business in the Regions survey relate to the
Living in the Regions 2013?
The Living in the Regions survey was undertaken in 1997 and 2013. In
2013, the Living in the Regions Survey garnered more than 10,000 responses from
The Business in the Regions 2014 survey
includes some of the same questions, but it was directed specifically to
business owners and managers.
In the survey report, the department will
consider differences between the views of business people and the views of the
broader regional population surveyed for Living in the Regions
How can the results be accessed?
A statewide report will be published online later in 2014. The
department will also make the de-identified survey data accessible to interested
parties on its research web portal.
When is the next survey?
The next survey is planned for 2017.