Growth trends–size

This is a line chart. The y axis shows industry size ($million – chain volume measure). The x axis shows time from 1997 to 2017. Shows the communications sector has been growing in real terms over the past decade. The sector grew by $471 million in the year to December 2017.

Note: Excludes post.

Source: ABS 5206.0 – Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Dec 2017, Table 6, seasonally adjusted; BCR calculations.

The communications sector has been growing in real terms over the past decade. The sector grew by $471 million in the year to December 2017

Data link: Growth trends–size

Growth is faster than the overall economy

This is a line chart. The y axis shows the quarterly change (per cent). The x axis shows time from 1997 to 2017. Shows that the communications sector has historically experienced higher growth than the overall economy. The sector grew by 4.2 per cent in the year to December 2017.

Note: Excludes post.

Source: ABS 5206.0 – Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Dec 2017, Table 6; BCR calculations.

Data link: Growth is faster than the overall economy

The communications sector has historically experienced higher growth than the overall economy. The sector grew by 4.2 per cent in the year to December 2017, compared with GDP growth of 2.4 per cent.

The sector's composition is stable

This is a stacked bar chart. The y axis shows the share of GDP (per cent). The x axis shows two time periods 2006–10, and 2010–15. Shows the sector's composition changed little between 2006−10 and 2010−15, although small decreases in the telecommunications, publishing, and postal and courier pick-up and delivery subsectors meant an overall decrease of 0.3 percentage points in the sector's share of economic activity.

Note: Includes post.

Source: ABS 5209.0.55.001—Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables, 2006–07 to 2014–15, Table 5; BCR calculations.

Data link: The sector's composition is stable

The sector's composition changed little between 2006−10 and 2010−15, although small decreases in the telecommunications, publishing, and postal and courier pick-up and delivery subsectors meant an overall decrease of 0.3 percentage points in the sector's share of economic activity.

But the contribution to economic growth has changed

This is a stacked bar chart. The y axis shows growth in per cent. The x axis shows two time periods - 2006–10 and 2010–15. Shows the communications sector output grew by 5.2 per cent overall from 2010 to 2015. While a contraction in publishing reduced sector growth (-5.3 per cent), this was largely offset by an increase in telecommunications (+5.2 per cent).

Note: Includes post.

Source: ABS 5209.0.55.001—Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables, 2006–07 to 2014–15, Table 5; BCR calculations.

Data link: But the contribution to economic growth has changed

Communications sector output grew by 5.2 per cent overall from 2010 to 2015. While a contraction in publishing reduced sector growth (-5.3 per cent), this was largely offset by an increase in telecommunications (+5.2 per cent).

The value chain shows less labour reliance

The chart shows two bar charts—all industries and communications sector. All industries comprises - 44 per cent intermediate inputs, 22 per cent gross operating surplus, 26 per cent compensation of employees, 6 per cent imports, 2 per cent taxes. Communications comprises 49 per cent intermediate inputs, 26 per cent gross operating surplus, 18 per cent compensation of employees, 6 per cent imports, and 1 per cent taxes.

Note: Includes post.

Source: ABS 5209.0.55.001—Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Table, 2014–15, Table 5; BCR calculations.

Data link: The value chain shows less labour reliance

The chart shows the returns to various parts of the value chain in the communications sector. In aggregate the sector has higher returns to intermediate inputs and capital (as shown by gross operating surplus and mixed income), and lower returns to labour than all industries.

The fifth highest sector for investment

This is a bar chart of overall capital expenditure by industry as a percentage. Shows investment in the communications sector comprised 5.3 per cent of all capital expenditure in the economy (excluding the general government sector) and was the fifth highest of all sectors.

Note: Excludes post.

Source: ABS 8155.0—Australian Industry, 2015–16, Australian Industry by division, Table 4; BCR calculations.

Data link: The fifth highest sector for investment

Investment in the communications sector comprised 5.3 per cent of all capital expenditure in the economy (excluding the general government sector) and was the fifth highest of all sectors.

Contribution to economic growth

This is a bar chart showing quarterly contribution to economic growth. The y axis shows the contribution to quarterly GDP growth (per cent) and the x axis shows time from 2007 to 2017. The sector contributed 0.1 per cent to GDP growth of 0.4 per cent in the December 2017 quarter.

Note: Excludes post.

Source: ABS 5206.0 – Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, December 2017, Table 6; BCR calculations.

Data link: Contribution to economic growth has varied

The communications sector has historically contributed to economic growth. The sector contributed 0.1 per cent to GDP growth of 0.4 per cent in the December 2017 quarter.