A consolidated snapshot of the communications sector and its role in the Australian economy.
At a glance
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.
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9 October 2018
5206.0 – Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Jun 2018 6291.0.55.003 – Labour Force Australia, Detailed, Quarterly 6302.0 – Average Weekly Earings, Australia, May 2018 8153.0 – Internet Activity, Australia, June 2018 8158.0 – Innovation in Australian Business, 2016-17 8167.0 – Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2016-17
‘Part of a globalised sector’
‘The sector is innovating’
‘Wages are higher than average’
‘Growth trends – size’
‘Growth is faster than the overall economy’
‘Contribution to economic growth’
‘Although the overall spend has increased’
‘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’
‘The composition of service technologies has changed’
‘Trend towards higher internet speeds’
‘ISPs offer a range of services’
21 June 2018
6291.0.55.003—Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, May 2018
'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'.
15 June 2018
5209.0.55.001—Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables, 2015–16
'Communications sector composition'
'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'