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

21 December 2017

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

Chart updates:

  • ‘Communications sector underemployment’
  • ‘Communications sector jobs are concentrated in the largest states’
  • ‘Workforce demographics in the communications sector’

6 December 2017

ABS 5206.0—Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, September 2017

Chart updates:

  • 'Growth trends—size'
  • 'Growth trends compared to the overall economy'
  • 'Communications sector quarterly contribution to economic growth'
  • 'Household expenditure on communications (amount)'.

29 September 2017

ABS 8153.0—Internet Activity, Australia, June 2017

Chart updates:

  • 'Trends in internet services'
  • 'Trends in internet speeds'
  • 'Trends in ISP services'.