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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2006  
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Contents >> Chapter 23 - Information and communication technology >> The information and communication technology (ICT) sector

THE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) SECTOR

The ICT sector is that part of the economy which produces information and communication technology goods and services. It includes businesses involved in telecommunication services, computer services, and selected manufacturing and wholesale trade industries.

Table 23.8 provides statistics for a selection of industries considered to be the prominent contributors to the production and distribution of ICT goods and services. At June 2003 there were 23,950 ICT specialist businesses in the industries surveyed, with 18,524 (77%) of these in the computer consultancy services industry. ICT specialists are those businesses for which the income from the sale, distribution and provision of ICT goods and services forms the greater part of the total income of the business.

There were 235,696 persons working in ICT specialist businesses at the end of June 2003, with 99,574 (42%) working in the computer consultancy services industry and 67,750 (29%) working in the telecommunication services industry.

During 2002-03 total income of ICT specialist businesses was $79,894m, with the telecommunication services industry contributing $31,796m (40%), the computer wholesaling industry contributing $17,338m (22%) and the computer consultancy services industry contributing $15,935m (20%).

ICT specialist businesses generated a total operating profit before tax of $6,393m during 2002-03, with 75% ($4,766m) coming from the telecommunication services industry.

23.8 INDUSTRIES IN THE ICT SECTOR(a), Summary of operations - 2002-03

Businesses
at end June
Employment
at end June
ICT
income
Total
income
Total
expenses
Operating
profit
before tax
Industry
no.
no.
$m
$m
$m
$m

Manufacturing
Computer and business machines
233
2,210
808.1
825.6
759.3
45.6
Telecommunication, broadcasting and transceiving equipment
^89
4,526
891.2
936.8
876.6
(b)n.p.
Electronic equipment n.e.c.
252
3,403
627.3
658.2
624.7
^33.1
Electric cable and wire
^27
699
198.8
221.7
216.0
(b)n.p.
Total
602
10,838
2,525.3
2,642.2
2,476.6
107.6
Wholesale trade
Computers
1,831
29,016
16,625.2
17,338.1
16,918.8
553.0
Business machines
447
6,749
1,625.0
2,282.7
2,181.9
95.9
Electrical and electronic equipment n.e.c.
807
14,249
7,937.5
8,842.4
8,545.8
^250.4
Total
3,085
50,013
26,187.7
28,463.2
27,646.5
899.4
Telecommunication services
956
67,750
29,862.1
31,795.8
26,955.4
4,766.0
Computer services
Data processing
^204
^1,619
^167.8
^174.9
^164.7
*10.0
Information storage and retrieval
^58
932
210.3
212.1
206.7
(b)n.p.
Computer maintenance
521
4,970
639.3
671.0
662.4
(b)n.p.
Computer consultancy
18,524
99,574
15,099.0
15,934.5
15,308.7
^585.6
Total
19,307
107,094
16,116.4
16,992.5
16,342.5
^619.8
Total
23,950
235,696
74,691.6
79,893.7
73,421.0
6,392.7

(a) The data relates to ICT specialist businesses within the industries in the ICT sector.
(b) Not published separately, included in total.

Source: Information and Communication Technology, Australia, 2002-03 (8126.0).


Total income from the domestic production of selected ICT goods and services was $48.8 billion (b)
in 2002-03 (table 23.9), and mainly comprised telecommunication services (60%) and computer services (33%). Imports of selected ICT goods and services totalled $15.1b during 2002-03, and mainly comprised computer and communications hardware, equipment, cables and other computer parts, and consumables (81%).

23.9 ICT GOODS AND SERVICES, Production, imports and exports - 2002-03

Income from
domestic production
Imports
(custom value)
Exports
(f.o.b.)(a)
Re-exports
(f.o.b.)
Commodity
$m
$m
$m
$m

Computer and communications hardware, equipment and cables
2,933.8
12,293.0
2,329.4
1,373.4
Packaged software and associated licensing
537.8
506.8
162.9
5.2
Computer services
15,974.7
929.0
1,071.0
n.a.
Telecommunication services
29,332.3
1,407.0
1,083.0
n.a.
Total
48,778.5
15,135.9
4,646.3
1,378.6

(a) Exports include exports of Australian commodities and re-exports of goods of foreign origin.

Source: Information and Communication Technology, Australia, 2002-03 (8126.0).


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