Australia and Queensland's economic development has been characterised by contrast and change. One of the most noticeable changes has been the broad shift from being solely reliant on agricultural production in Australia's early colonial days, to a broader economic base.
Industry statistics provide useful information which have wide reaching impacts. These add to our understanding of industry contributions and supply us with data to measure the changes over time. For example, the expansion of industry fuels growth in employment, which has an affect on material standards of living and which will also impact on the environment.
Statistics produced by the ABS reflect this complex industry structure and provide measures for specific industries as well as the many aspects of industry, for example, output, employment, profits, wages, and industry performance.
The documents within this section of Queensland in Review aim to present a selected range of these statistics as they relate to industry in Queensland. They are certainly not comprehensive of all industry issues, nor representative of all the available data.
Data on many topics is to be found within ABS publications, listed within the ABS Catalogue of Publications (cat. no. 1101.0). Many of these publications present information on each State, and further data may be available on request.
Researchers and users of data are also encouraged to refer to relevant topics relating to ABS Statistical concepts and classifications within the ABS Statistical Concepts Library and for reference material on ABS statistical collections, the Directory of Statistical Sources.