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

13 April 2018

8153.0 - Internet Activity, Australia, December 2017

Chart updates:

  • ‘The composition of service technologies has changed’
  • ‘Trend towards higher internet speeds’
  • ‘ISPs offer a range of services’

27 March 2018

5206.0 - Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Dec 2017

Chart updates:

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

6 March 2018

6302.0 - Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2017

Chart updates:

  • ‘Wages are higher than average’
  • ‘Activity is concentrated in urban areas’
  • ‘Higher business entry rates than average for small and medium businesses’
  • ‘Higher exit rates than average’
  • ‘Dominated by smaller firms’