8143.0 - Information Technology, Australia, Preliminary, 1998-99
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/05/2000
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Significant change in the Information Technology and Telecommunication Industry
The information technology and telecommunications (IT&T) industry has undergone significant change over the three years to 1998-99, according to preliminary figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The Australian IT&T industry's total income in 1998-99 was $59 billion, an increase of 21 per cent over 1995-96. The industries contributing to this outcome were telecommunication services with an increase in income of 40 per cent since 1995-96, computer services with a rise of 32%, wholesale trade with a rise of 12 per cent and manufacturing with a fall of 33 per cent
Revenue from the domestic production of IT&T goods and services in 1998-99 was $39 billion, 27 per cent higher than in 1995-96. Telecommunication and computer services recorded increases of 40 per cent and 31 per cent respectively, however, production of manufactured IT&T goods decreased by 27 per cent over the three year period.
The decline in domestic production of manufactured IT&T goods was offset by a 21 per cent increase in imports of these products.
At 30 June 1999, Australia's IT&T sector consisted of 18,469 IT&T businesses, an increase of 36 per cent since the last survey in 1995-96. There were 195,580 persons working in IT&T businesses, representing a 4 per cent decrease since 1995-96.
Income and employment of IT&T industries
Further details can be found in Information Technology, Australia, Preliminary, 1998-99 (cat. no. 8143.0) available from ABS bookshops. The summary of the publication are also available on ths site. If you wish to purchase a copy of this publication, contact the ABS Bookshop in your capital city.
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