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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Manufacturing

INTRODUCTION

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 9% to Australia's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009–10.

In 2010–11, the industry employed 9% of all people employed in Australia, with males outnumbering females by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1. The industry accounted for 34% of the value of merchandise exports in 2010–11; New Zealand was the main destination for exported Australian manufactured commodities, taking goods valued at $7.1 billion in 2010–11.

Related information can be found in chapters 17 FORESTRY AND FISHING, 18 MINING, 19 ENERGY, 29 PRICES and 31 INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTS AND TRADE.

More information on the Manufacturing industry can be found in chapters 8 LABOUR, 15 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE, 25 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY and 26 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION.

 

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