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 97 per cent small businesses, 2 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 BCAR'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

22 June 2017

ABS 6291.0.55.003–Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, February 2017

Chart updates:

  • 'Employment has grown less than the overall economy'
  • 'Less underemployment than the rest of the economy'
  • 'Jobs are concentrated in the largest states'
  • 'The workforce tends to be younger'.

20 June 2017

ABS 5209.0.55.001–Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables, 2014-15

Chart updates:

  • 'Communications sector overview'
  • 'The sector's composition is stable'
  • 'But the contribution to economic growth has changed'
  • 'The value chain shows less labour reliance'
  • 'Output per employed person varies across subsectors'
  • 'With very high value added in some subsectors'.

7 June 2017

ABS 5206.0–Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Mar 2017

Chart updates:

  • 'Growth trends–size'
  • 'Growth is faster than the overall economy'
  • 'Contribution to economic growth has varied'
  • 'Although the overall spend has increased'.

26 May 2017

ABS 8155.0—Australian Industry, 2015–16

Chart updates:

  • 'The fifth highest sector for investment'
  • 'Profitability has varied across the sector'.