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
Note: Includes post.
Source: ABS 5209.0.55.001—Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables, 2006–07 to 2014–15, Table 5; BCR calculations.
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 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
Note: Excludes post.
Source: ABS 8155.0—Australian Industry, 2015–16, Australian Industry by division, Table 4; BCR calculations.