Practice Performance Survey

Data collection of the FY2018/19 survey is now closed.  Data collection for the FY2019/20 survey will commence on 1 September 2020.

About the survey

The Consult Australia’s Practice Performance Survey (PPS) is a secure, user-friendly, electronic survey tool which provides member firms with the opportunity to benchmark their performance within the industry across a range of key performance indicators including revenues; expenses, number of employees; utilisation; profit margins; and working capital investment days. 

The survey is conducted annually with data collection occurring in September each year. Participation is restricted to Consult Australia members with the resulting benchmarking reports only available to participants.
There are two survey categories based on firm size:
  • Small and Medium Firm (businesses employing less than 200 people);
  • Large firm (businesses employing 200 or more people).
  • Note: Categories used above align with ABS definitions.

    This survey has two main purposes. The first is to provide firms with industry data on the key business performance metrics including return on investment. This will show each participant how the return they achieved in the previous financial year compares with the average return earned by other businesses in the industry. The second is to provide data on the size, structure and performance of the industry as a whole. This information is used to develop and support the material Consult Australia puts to government (and others) to advance the interests of members. As a result, your participation in the survey will not only provide results that will help you to benchmark and improve your profitability; they will also help us to lobby effectively on your behalf. 

    There is no cost to member firms for participating in the PPS.

    Participation in the PPS and access to the resulting firm performance benchmarking report are provided by Consult Australia as a free service to members—there are no additional charges for participation.  The benchmarking report will be produced by Management for Design (*see information below) and will be provided to all participants three weeks after the closing date of the survey. Additional analysis of firm results and/or more tailored benchmarking information will also be available through Management for Design by direct arrangement.


    Please email or call Kisanne Dulin, COO on 02 8252 6718.

    Management for Design
    Confidentiality of information

    Management for Design and Consult Australia assure the confidentiality and security of all information supplied for the Survey and all results are reported anonymously. Click here to view our Privacy Policy.

    Data collection is run through a standalone SurveyMonkey license. SurveyMonkey uses some of the most advanced technology for Internet security that is commercially available today—you can view the full security statement here.

    *About Management for Design

    Management for Design is an independent and private business providing finance, business management, information technology and human resources services to help consulting professionals maximise the potential of their practices, operate more efficiently and plan for the future, whilst freeing up time for them to focus on excelling at what they do best.