A consolidated snapshot of the communications sector and its role in the Australian economy.

At a glance

 an image is used to show that the comms sector is comprised of more than 96 per cent small businesses, 3 per cent medium businesses and less than 1 per cent large businesses.

The communications sector is a critical enabler of the economy and social activity. Communications technology touches and transforms everyone's lives.

Although its direct contribution to the economy and employment is relatively small, the communications sector exerts a substantial influence on other sectors as an enabler of economic and social activity and progress.

The BCR's Communications Monitor provides key economic indicators about the sector. It also analyses and tracks trends to provide insights into the sector's role in the broader economy and its dynamics.

The monitor will be updated as new data are released. Please bookmark the page for easy access, or contact us via the feedback form to stay in touch.

Recent updates

23 February 2016

ABS 6302.0—Average Weekly Earnings

Chart updates:

  • ‘Wages are higher than average’

Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey—Wave 15

Chart updates:

  • ‘Household expenditure on communications is falling’

21 February 2016

ABS 8165.0—Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits

Charts updates:

  • ‘Activity is concentrated in urban areas’
  • ‘Higher business entry rates than average’
  • ‘Higher exit rates than average’
  • ‘Dominated by smaller firms’