Pulse Survey of Business Conditions

The Pulse Survey has been measuring Queensland business confidence and expectations for 30 years.

We use the quarterly Pulse Survey, Queensland's most established, comprehensive and trusted survey of business sentiment, in advocacy efforts to shape state and federal policies on behalf of businesses. 

The Pulse Survey measures employment levels, turnover, business profitability and business confidence. This is your chance to have your business voice heard and help us advocate to government on behalf of businesses across the state. 

The report offers insights across the following key indicators: 

  • State and national 12 month outlooks
  • General business conditions
  • Sales and revenue
  • Operating costs
  • Labour costs
  • Profitability
  • Employment Levels
  • Capital expenditure

 

 

March 2024 Pulse Report

The Pulse Survey of business conditions for the March 2024 quarter marks three decades of the survey’s history in Queensland and shows confidence and conditions have only been worse during the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 and the depths of the COVID economic crisis.  

Get the full analysis on Queensland business confidence and general business conditions. 

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December 2023 Pulse Report

The latest results of the December Quarter Pulse Survey 2023 indicate natural disaster, upcoming local and state elections and a tightening economy fuelled by interest rates and inflation are restricting forward economic confidence in the state and national economies.   

It’s among the worst confidence seen in the survey’s history, tracking towards levels seen during the global financial crisis in 2008 and the height of the COVID economic crisis in 2020. 

An increase in operating costs driven through insurance, energy and fuel prices is contributing to a “perfect storm” for Queensland businesses. 

Get the full analysis on Queensland business confidence and general business conditions. 

 

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September 2023 Pulse Report

Latest results of the September Quarter Pulse Survey 2023 indicate business conditions, sentiment and expectations in Queensland are showing no signs of improvement with confidence in the future of the state and national economies weak ahead of the traditionally busy Christmas period. 

Day-to-day business challenges combined with macroeconomic issues continue to impact forward economic confidence, stabilising at low business as normal levels. 

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June 2023 Pulse Report

June quarter 2023 data shows operating costs and labour costs in Queensland are at record highs. 

Interest rates, level of demand and economic activity, workforce challenges and wage costs as well as insurance costs are the most significant constraint on business growth. 

It means business have weak confidence in the future of both the state and national economies. 

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March 2023 Pulse Report

Latest results of the March Quarter Pulse Survey indicate that general business conditions and total sales and revenue have remained satisfactory, however both indices have fallen since the December quarter.

Business confidence, measured by outlook for the performance of the National and Queensland economies over the next twelve months, remains at weak levels.

Get the full analysis on Queensland business confidence and general business conditions.

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December 2022 Pulse Report

Businesses are facing a new set of impacts in a post-COVID environment, with attracting and retaining employees, insurance costs and interest rates listed as the most significant impacts in a major shake-up of business growth constraints in Queensland in the past year.  

37% of businesses indicated their sales and revenue improved during the December quarter, crediting recovering consumer spending and increasing demand. It’s the third quarter to record an increase in sales and revenue. 

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September 2022 Pulse Report

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd. is proud to partner with Business Chamber Queensland for the 2022 Pulse Survey.

Business Chamber Queensland's September quarter Pulse Report shows consistently high operating and labour costs resulted in weak profitability, however, businesses reported on-average operating levels had returned to pre-COVID levels for the first time since March 2020.

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June 2022 Pulse Report

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd. is proud to partner with Business Chamber Queensland for the 2022 Pulse Survey. 

Latest Pulse Report data shows while general business conditions improved largely as a consequence of stronger sales and revenue, operating and labour costs reached new record highs and profitability remained weak.

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March 2022 Pulse Report

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd. is proud to partner with Business Chamber Queensland for the 2022 Pulse Survey. 

Latest Pulse Report data shows employment levels increased 2.9 index points while labour costs increased 5.6 index points with one in two businesses indicating they invested more in wages.

Read the full analysis on Queensland business confidence and general business conditions, sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors.

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December 2021 Pulse Report

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd. is proud to partner with Business Chamber Queensland for the 2022 Pulse Survey. 

Latest results for the December quarter show business confidence in the next 12 months fell 16.9 points to the lowest reading since the start of the COVID economic crisis in March 2020.

Download the December quarter Pulse Report, sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors, to read the full analysis on what the data means for Queensland businesses in 2022 across key indicators.

 

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