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REMPLAN Blog

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Effectively connecting with local 

businesses – targeting is key


Effectively engaging with local businesses is a fundamental aspect of a council’s role in economic development. And we all know that effective engagement starts with targeted engagement.

But to target our business engagement strategies, and delivery of other services for that matter, we need a comprehensive and up to date database of existing businesses. This is where Australian Business Register (ABR) comes in.

How can ABR data help?

The Australian Business Register (ABR) is part of the Australian Tax Office and captures powerful data on businesses operating across Australia. Local, state and federal government agencies are able to access this data to assist them with their work.

ABR data is updated weekly and can be used to support funding applications, strategic planning, economic development, customer service delivery and engagement with local businesses. The data has many applications, including:
  • Service delivery – promoting new government services or grants, advising or regulatory changes, licensing of business activities and identifying and supporting new businesses.
  • Disaster response and recovery – identifying businesses in a disaster affecte3d area to target the delivery of support and assistance.
  • Procurement – validating suppliers’ ABNs, identifying local suppliers and trades people for council initiatives and conflict of interest checks.
  • Planning and economic development – identifying changes in business growth and composition by area, informing strategic and land use planning, measuring economic performance.
  • Compliance activities – validating business details, risk profiling, work planning and site visits.


What does REMPLAN do that can make using ABR data easier?

REMPLAN has developed software with advanced mapping, reporting and customer relationship management capabilities to help planning and economic development professionals manage their ABR data as part of their government roles.

REMPLAN’s Business Analysis ModuleTM delivers comprehensive and up to date information on businesses in your municipality by:
  • Immediate delivery of a comprehensive and current database of local business records.
  • Sorted, geo-coded and precisely mapped ABR data.
  • Incorporating and reconciling ABR data with Council’s existing business database.
  • Transparent editing by tracking user updates.


At REMPLAN, we are happy to share our experience in working with the ABR data and are keen to learn about your projects and the insights you are seeking. Contact us to see how we can help you in your organisation.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Updated Business Counts Data - Staff & Turnover by Industry Sector

REMPLAN public-access economic and community profiles have now been updated with the latest area-specific business counts data.

This latest update of Business Counts from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is for June 2016. The June 2014 and June 2015 estimates have also been revised. The data features business counts by industry sector, by employment range and turnover range.
The ABS has noted that ‘...As of June 30 2016, the number of actively trading businesses in the market sector was 2,171,544, an increase of 2.4% from 30 June 2015. From 2014-15 to 2015-16 there was a moderate increase in the business entry rate (from 13.4% to 14.6%) and a small decrease in business exit rate (from 12.4% to 12.3%).
All States and Territories experienced increased business counts from June 2015 to June 2016. New South Wales recorded the largest annual increase over this year (3.0%), followed by the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria (2.9% and 2.8% respectively). Tasmania experienced the lowest growth in business counts during this year (0.4%)...
Industry Construction (Division E) had the largest growth in business counts, increasing by 11,967 units (3.5%) from June 2015 to June 2016. Financial and Insurance Services (Division K) business counts grew the fastest in percentage terms with an increase of 4.7% (8,705 units) between June 2015 and June 2016...’
To see how your region is performing relative to Australia, see our online public access economic and community profiles. Here are some examples:
http://www.economicprofile.com.au/fairfield/trends/business-counts/staff http://www.economicprofile.com.au/fairfield/trends/business-counts/turnover
 
Click on the 'Trends' tab at the top right hand side of the screen, then select the heading 'Business Counts (Staff)' or 'Business Counts (Turnover)' from the sub-menu. Please click on the image below to view an example of the business counts data:


The next release of business counts data is scheduled for February 2018.
The team at REMPLAN are busy preparing for the release of the 2016 Census data later in the year. Stay tuned for more details!

For more information regarding business counts and other economic indicators, please contact the team at REMPLAN, telephone: 1300 737 443.

Monday, 23 January 2017

REMPLAN Data Update - ABS National Accounts, Tourism, Unemployment

Your REMPLAN data has been updated!  

This is the last major update of your data prior to releases by the ABS of the 2016 Census data scheduled for June and October 2017.   Planning is underway to ensure the prompt updating of your REMPLAN Economy and Community datasets following the ABS official release dates.  Stay tuned!

This update incorporates the following important changes:

Gross State Product
Insights into the economic performance of the respective states and territories.

Input Output Tables
Captures the contributions of 114 industry sectors to Gross Domestic Product and provides updated insight into workers' wages and salaries and productivity.
                                                                                   
Tourism Satellite Account
Defines the contributions of visitor expenditure and how this demand for goods and services supports jobs and the broader economy.

Labour Force and Small Area Labour Market (SALM)       
The ABS Labour Force Survey and the Department of Employment SALM release quarterly estimates of workforce participation and unemployment rates  ...providing valuable insights into the performance of state and local economies and the provision of jobs.   


Subscribers to REMPLAN Economy (staff login software and data) are able to access the updated data via www.remplanlogin.com.au/economy.  The updated datasets will appear with the (Dec 2016) suffix when you log into REMPLAN. 

The image below shows a new (Dec 2016) dataset at the top of the regions list, located under the 'Regions' tab.
 REMPLAN Economy Software


REMPLAN public-access online economy and community profiles have also been updated to incorporate the new data. Please click on the images below to view examples:

REMPLAN Economy Profile - Tourism Data
 Murrindindi Economy Profile - Tourism


REMPLAN Community Profile - Unemployment Rate
 Whitsunday Community Profile - Unemployment Rate


The team at REMPLAN are here to respond to any questions regarding the latest economic data for your region, as well as the upcoming release of the ABS 2016 Census.   

We are also available to provide REMPLAN software training, presentations and management briefings on your area's economy.  

Let's talk:  1300 737 443     

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

REMPLAN Admin Console - Google Analytics ~ Upload ABR Data ~ Manage Investment Profile Content


We are pleased to advise you that REMPLAN subscribers are now able to access the REMPLAN Admin Console.


To access the REMPLAN Admin Console, please go to: http://admin.remplanlogin.com.au/ and enter your work email address and existing REMPLAN password.(This is the same password that you use to log into REMPLAN Economy and REMPLAN Community software).
  

  • Measure the performance of your Online Profiles
Monthly page views, main cities of users & top sources of traffic to the site.

 
On the left hand side menu, select either ‘Economic Profile’, ‘Community Profile’ or ‘Investment Profile’ and the relevant statistics will be shown in the centre screen.
If you do not have an Online Profile, these options will be greyed out. (Please refer to the screen shot below).
 
These statistics are automatically updated each month and are a great resource for testing various strategies to drive traffic to your Online Profiles. For example: placing easy to find buttons and links to your Online Profiles on your website, adding links to your email signature or promoting your Online Profiles via a regular business newsletter.



  • Manage your Online Investment Profile

Add and edit content about your region’s major projects and investment opportunities.
 
On the left hand side menu, select ‘Investment Profile’.
If you do not have an Online Investment Profile, this option will be greyed out. 
 
Projects can be created, edited and published / un-published as required to ensure that the content on your investment profile is up-to-date. 


  • Manage your Australian Business Register (ABR) Data
Upload your ABR zipped file for inclusion in your REMPLAN Economy software.
 

·    Select ‘File Uploader’ under the ‘Other’ heading in the left hand side menu
·    Enter your work email address and REMPLAN password.
     (This is the same password that you use to log into REMPLAN Economy and
      REMPLAN Community software.)
·    Click on the ‘Choose File’ button to select the file that you want to upload.
     (Note: there’s no need to open the zipped file or edit the data in any way.)
·    Click on the ‘Upload’ button. You will receive an email advising you when the file 
      has been successfully uploaded.
 
We will incorporate your ABR Data into your REMPLAN Economy software within five working days and will notify you once this has been completed.
Please provide us with new ABR data every three months. 



Do not hesitate to contact the team at REMPLAN if you have any questions:
Phone: 1300 737 443.

Kind Regards,
The REMPLAN team
Specialists in region-specific economic and demographic data, impact modelling and forecasting

Boost the usage of your REMPLAN Profiles

REMPLAN Online Economic Profiles, Community Profiles and Investment Profiles are designed to provide information to community groups, health and education providers, government agencies, businesses, potential investors, prospective new residents, researchers, students and media organisations.

Boost the usage of your profiles by making them easy to find. Create link-to buttons and add them to your website. Please follow these steps: 

1. Simply click on the ‘Share’ button at the top of your Online Profile.


2. From the drop-down list, select the ‘Create a link’ button. 
Copy and paste the HTML code below into your website and the corresponding button to the left will be automatically added to your website.

You may like to forward this information to your IT Department.

Further boost traffic to your Online Profiles by encouraging other organisations (such as local, state and federal agencies, your local chamber of commerce and real estate agents) to add buttons to their websites too. Simply direct them to the ‘Share’ button at the top of the page or send them the html code for the buttons. 

Create lots of easy to find buttons and links and watch traffic to your Online Economic, Community and Investment Profiles increase.

Do not hesitate to contact the team at REMPLAN if you have any questions:
Phone: 1300 737 443.

Kind Regards,
The REMPLAN team
Specialists in region-specific economic and demographic data, impact modelling and forecasting


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

REMPLAN Data Update - June 2016 Unemployment Rate

All public access REMPLAN online economic and community profiles have been updated with the latest area-specific unemployment rate (June Quarter 2016).

To access the unemployment data by quarter on the online profiles:
1. Select the 'Trends' tab towards the top right of the screen
2. Select 'Unemployment' from the sub-menu
3. Select 'By Quarter' from the drop down box next to data, towards the top left of the screen.

Click on the image below to view a live example:


Please do not hesitate to contact the team at REMPLAN should you have any questions: 
1300 737 443.

Kind Regards,
The REMPLAN team
Specialists in region-specific economic and demographic data, impact modelling and forecasting

Thursday, 22 September 2016

REMPLAN Data Update - 2015-16 Building Approvals

All public access REMPLAN online economic and community profiles have been updated following the recent release of building approvals data (2015-16) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

To access the building approvals data via the online profiles, select the 'Trends' tab towards the top right of the screen, then select 'Building Approvals' from the sub-menu. Click on the image below to view a live example:


Please do not hesitate to contact the team at REMPLAN should you have any questions:
1300 737 443.

Kind Regards,
The REMPLAN team
Specialists in region-specific economic and demographic data, impact modelling and forecasting
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