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Bioscience survey

Survey at a glance

Purpose Collect information on the use, production, and uptake of bioscience in New Zealand
Selection process All known businesses and institutions involved in bioscience are selected
Population Approximately 1000
Frequency Every two years
Results Bioscience

About the survey

What is the purpose of the Bioscience Survey?

The primary purpose of the Bioscience Survey is to produce information on: the use of bioscience techniques; areas in which these bioscience techniques are applied; financial and human resources attributable to bioscience; and to identify barriers to bioscience research, development, and commercialisation. The Bioscience Survey takes over from the previous Biotechnology Survey.

Who is included in the survey?

The Bioscience Survey is a biennial census of all known organisations involved in bioscience in some way, within both the private and government sectors. Organisations are selected for the survey from various membership lists, as well as from a search of the Statistics New Zealand Business Frame.

What is this information used for?

The Bioscience Survey will provide reliable data on the bioscience industry that will inform debate, decision making, and research. Statistical results from this survey will feed into policy development, and will assist government and industry alike in monitoring the development of the bioscience sector.


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About giving data

If our business is included in the survey, who should complete the survey?

The survey should be completed by the science or research and development manager, or someone with an overall knowledge of the organisation's bioscience activities. Some answers may need to be confirmed by other staff with specific knowledge, such as Human Resources.

How often does this survey take place?

This survey takes place every two years.

What if my business is not engaged in bioscience activities?

It is important that you complete and return your questionnaire, even if you consider that it does not apply to your business.

How is my privacy protected?

Under the Statistics Act 1975, only authorised people can see your individual information and they must use it only for statistical purposes. Your information will be combined with information from other respondents to prepare summary statistics. Statistics New Zealand makes sure that no individual response can be identified when the results are published.

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About your obligations

Why should you provide information to Statistics New Zealand?

Under the Statistics Act 1975 you must provide the information requested by Statistics New Zealand. It is also important that information from all of the businesses surveyed is accurately represented in the statistical results.

Will I be paid for providing information to Statistics New Zealand?

Providing information to Statistics New Zealand is a statutory obligation. There is no provision in the Statistics Act 1975 for people to be paid for providing information. Where possible, we request information in a way that is easily obtainable from business records. We also recognise that completing survey questionnaires can be time consuming. For some surveys, we provide survey respondents with information that can be useful for your business planning purposes. Also, survey results are available free of charge on the Statisics New Zealand website.

Will my information be shared with other government agencies?

The Statistics Act 1975 states that:

  • all information collected under the Act must be used only for statistical purposes
  • no information is released by Statistics New Zealand in a form that could enable the person or undertaking to whom it relates to be identified.

Consequently, Statistics New Zealand does not share your information with other government agencies. Other government agencies can provide their information to Statistics New Zealand, but only for statistical purposes. Statistics New Zealand sometimes undertakes a statistical survey jointly with another government department or government agency. In all cases, respondents are informed that it is a joint collection. You may object to information being passed to the other party by writing to Statistics New Zealand; where this right is exercised, Statistics New Zealand withholds the information from the other party.

Do I have to complete this questionnaire?

Businesses selected for any Statistics New Zealand survey must provide the information requested. This is a legal requirement under the Statistics Act 1975.

We appreciate that it can be difficult and time consuming to complete survey forms. If you would prefer to provide information by fax or by email, please phone our Survey Help Desk on 0800 333 108 to discuss these options.


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About using information

Are results from the Bioscience Survey available?

Yes, free standard results are available each year. Use this link for information on the Bioscience statistics webpage.  Other key survey results are available from the Statistics New Zealand surveys website.

Is statistical information available?

Many statistics are available to you and your business as it is 'public good' information. This means that you can access this information free of charge, from this website, or by contacting our Customer Services staff via email info@stats.govt.nz, or by phone at your nearest Statistics New Zealand office. Our newsletters also contain information which you may find useful. The information available could assist you in business planning and for monitoring business performance.

Does Statistics New Zealand have information useful for my business?

We can provide information that could help your business. For instance we have information that can help in:

  • assessing future population trends
  • economic monitoring
  • target marketing
  • profiling an area
  • estimating your market share
  • assessing consumer spending patterns
  • benchmarking your business.

Further explanation can be found in Business Helper, a web-based guide for business users. We can also provide statistics that enable a comparison of the results of your business with industry results. Contact our Information Centre for more information on Business Helper or on business profiling, please phone toll free 0508 525 525, or send an email to info@stats.govt.nz.


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