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8655.0 - Cafes, Restaurants and Catering Services, Australia, 2006-07 Quality Declaration 
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Link: Cafes and Restaurants CAFES AND RESTAURANTS

Summary of Operations
Sources of Income
Employment


SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS

At the end of June 2007 there were 13,987 cafe and restaurant businesses operating in Australia. These businesses:

  • employed 145,546 people at end June 2007
  • generated income of $9,702.6m during the 2006-07 financial year, which represented an average of $693,700 per business
  • incurred expenses of $9,355.2m for the same period.

Industry value added by these businesses was $3,862.4m, contributing the equivalent of 0.4% to Australia's gross domestic product for 2006-07.

During 2006-07, operating profit before tax for these businesses was $368.3m and their operating profit margin was 3.8%.
SOURCES OF INCOME

During 2006-07 cafes and restaurants generated $9,702.6m in income.

The graph below shows that the main source of income for cafes and restaurants was takings from meals consumed on the premises, accounting for almost two-thirds (65.2% or $6,329.8m) of total income.

SOURCES OF INCOME(a), Cafes and restaurants
Graph: shows most income came from meals consumed on the premises (65.2%). Sales of liquor and other beverages accounted for 25.4% of income, takeaway food 6.7% and catering services 1.1%. All other sources of income accounted for 1.6%.


Sales of liquor and other beverages represented just over a quarter of income (25.4% or $2,460.7m) and takeaway food 6.7% (or $646.1m).
EMPLOYMENT

At the end of June 2007, there were 145,546 people working in cafes and restaurants.

Cafes and restaurants were characterised by a large casual work force, accounting for just under half (47.4% or 68,941 people) of all employment. Permanent full-time employees accounted for under a quarter (21.1% or 30,724 people) of all employment, while permanent part-time employees accounted for 17.4% (25,306 people).

Females accounted for just over half (51% or 74,567 people) of all employment. The majority (55.3% of female employment) worked as casuals.

At the end of June 2007, there were 3,703 employees holding a Working Holiday visa.

At the end of June 2007, the largest occupation was waiting staff (60,639 people or 41.7% of total employment). Collectively, qualified and other chefs/cooks accounted for 21.1% (30,709) of all people employed and kitchen hands 16.4% (23,860 people).

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