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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2008  
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Contents >> Manufacturing

Image: ManufacturingMANUFACTURING

Manufacturing broadly relates to the physical or chemical transformation of materials or components into new products, whether the work is performed by power-driven machinery or by hand. Manufacturing covers a range of production techniques ranging from computer-assisted production using robots to production of fine jewellery by hand.

The Manufacturing industry contributed a little over 10% to Australia's gross domestic product in 2005-06. Although the value of Manufacturing industry gross value added has grown by 17% over the last ten years, the industry's share of the total production of goods and services in the economy has fallen from 13% to its current level over the period.

In May 2007 there were 1,086,700 people working in the Manufacturing industry (including both full-time and part-time workers). This represented 10% of total people employed. The majority of those employed within the Manufacturing industry were full-time workers (87%) and male (75%).

The Manufacturing industry dominates Australia's merchandise exports, accounting for 51% of the total value of exports by industry of origin in 2006-07.





This section contains the following subsection :
      Manufacturing industry
      Manufactured commodities
      Manufacturing Bibliography

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