Growth trends–size

This is a line chart. The y axis shows industry size ($million – chain volume measure). The x axis shows time from 1998 to 2018. Shows the communications sector has been growing in real terms over the past decade. The sector grew by 267 million in the year to June 2018.

Note: Excludes post.

Source: ABS 5206.0-Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Jun 2018, Table 6. Gross Value Added by Industry

The communications sector has been growing in real terms over the past decade. The sector grew by 267 million in the year to June 2018.

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 1998 to 2018. Shows that the communications sector has historically experienced higher growth than the overall economy. The sector grew by 2.3 per cent in the year to June 2018.

Note: Excludes post.

Source: ABS 5206.0-Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Jun 2018, Table 6. Gross Value Added by Industry

Data link: Growth is faster than the overall economy

The communications sector has historically experienced higher growth than the overall economy. However, most recently, the sector grew by 2.3 per cent in the year to June 2018, compared with GDP growth of 3.4 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 2012–16. This shows the sector’s composition changed little between 2006−10 and 2012–16, although small decreases in the subsectors of telecommunications, broadcasting, publishing, and postal and courier pick-up and delivery has meant an overall decrease of 0.5 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 2015–16, Table 5; BCAR calculations.

Data link: The sector's composition is stable

The sector’s composition has changed little between 2006–10 and 2012–16, although small decreases in the subsectors of telecommunications, broadcasting, publishing, and postal and courier pick-up and delivery has meant an overall decrease of 0.5 percentage points in the sector’s share of economic activity.

But the contribution to economic growth has changed

 2006–10 and 2012-16. This shows the communications sector output grew by 3.3 per cent overall from 2012 to 2016. While publishing declined during the period (-2.4 per cent), this was largely offset by an increase in internet service providers, internet publishing and broadcasting, websearch portals and data processing (+2.8 per cent).

Note: Includes post.

Source: ABS 5209.0.55.001—Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables, 2006–07 to 2015–16, Table 5; BCAR calculations.

Data link: But the contribution to economic growth has changed

Communications sector output grew by 3.3 per cent overall from 2012 to 2016. While publishing declined during the period (-2.4 per cent), this was largely offset by an increase in internet service providers, internet publishing and broadcasting, websearch portals and data processing (+2.8 per cent).

The value chain shows less labour reliance

 44 per cent intermediate inputs, 22 per cent gross operating surplus, 26 per cent compensation of employees, 5 per cent imports, 2 per cent taxes. Communications comprises 49 per cent intermediate inputs, 24 per cent gross operating surplus, 18 per cent compensation of employees, 7 per cent imports, and 1 per cent taxes.

Note: Includes post.

Source: ABS 5209.0.55.001—Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Table, 2015–16, Table 5; BCAR 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 fourth 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 7.6 per cent of all capital expenditure in the economy (excluding the general government sector) and was the fourth highest of all sectors.

Note: Excludes post.

Source: ABS 8155.0—Australian Industry, 2016–17, Australian Industry by division, Table 4; BCAR calculations.

Data link: The fourth highest sector for investment

Investment in the communications sector comprised 7.6 per cent of all capital expenditure in the economy (excluding the general government sector) and was the fourth 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 2008 to 2018. This sector contributed 0.0 per cent to GDP growth of 0.9 per cent in the June 2018 quarter.

Note: Excludes post.

Source: ABS 5206.0-Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Jun 2018, Table 6. Gross Value Added by Industry.

Data link: Contribution to economic growth

The communications sector has historically contributed to economic growth. The sector contributed 0.0 per cent to GDP growth of 0.9 per cent in the June 2018 quarter.