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

At a glance

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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

23 March 2017

6291.0.55.003—Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Feb 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'.

1 March 2017

ABS 5206.0—Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Dec 2016

Chart updates:

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

23 February 2017

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'.