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Business frame structure update (group profile survey)

Survey at a glance

Purpose To assist with updating the Business Frame
Selection process All enterprise groups which Statistics New Zealand does not have recent information on their group structure are selected
Population Approximately 800 business groups
Sample Approximately 250 business groups
Frequency Annually
Results Business Demography Statistics

About the survey

What is the purpose of the Business Frame Structure Update (Group Profile Survey)?

The purpose of the Business Frame Structure Update (Group Profile Survey) is to update the corporate group structure companies and related economic entities on the Statistics New Zealand Business Frame.

What is the Business Frame (BF)?

The Business Frame (BF) is a comprehensive database of New Zealand businesses and their structure. It records details such as names and addresses, predominant type of industrial activity performed, institutional sector, employment levels, and the degree of overseas ownership. Its primary purpose is as a statistical register or frame for the various business surveys operated by Statistics NZ.

Using a single centralised frame for all Statistics NZ business and economic surveys facilitates the integration of different surveys and data sources and ensures that classifications and statistical unit definitions are applied consistently.

Use this link for more information on the Business Frame.

Who is included in the survey?

The target population for this survey includes all business groups that have more than five subsidiaries. The target size for this survey is approximately 800 and the sample size is approximately 250. Generally, enteprise groups which Statistics New Zealand does not have recent information on their group structure are selected.


About giving data

How often does this survey take place?

This survey takes place annually.

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

Company Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, Group Accountant, etc.

What will be asked in the survey?

The survey asks for corporate group structure information for groups of companies and related economic entities under common ownership and control and business life cycle information.


About your obligations

Why should I 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 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 Statistics 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 809 464 to discuss these options.


About using information

Are results from the Business Frame Structure Update (Group Profile Survey) available?

Yes, free standard results are available each year. Use this link for information on Business Demography Statistics for results from the completed Business Frame. Use these links to access the Business Demography Table Builder and key results from other Statistics New Zealand surveys.

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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