8221.0 - Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 1997-98  
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  • Australia's manufacturing turnover reaches $213 billion - ABS (Media Release)


September 13, 1999
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)

Australia's manufacturing turnover reaches $213 billion - ABS

Turnover for Australia's manufacturing industry reached $213 billion in 1997-98 which is an increase of $5,184 million or 2.5% since the previous year, according to new survey figures published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The manufacturing survey also found that turnover by Victorian manufacturers ($69,517 million) exceeded that of New South Wales manufacturers ($68,273 million) for the second year in a row. Similarly, for the first time since 1990, Victorian manufacturers also employed more people at the end of June (314,800 people) than New South Wales (303,600 people).

Overall in 1997-98 manufacturing employment in Australia increased by less than 1%, to 953,700 people. However wages and salaries increased by 3.5% to $33,870 million. On average, wages and salaries per person employed increased by $900 to $35,500.

Other findings in the publication Manufacturing Industry, Australia include:

  • Direct exports from the sale of goods by Australian manufacturers increased by 1.3 percentage points to 16.3% in 1997-98.
  • Estimated turnover for wine manufacturers ($2,595 million) exceeded turnover for beer and malt manufacturers ($2,497 million) in 1997-98 for the first time since collection of these figures began 30 years ago.
  • The industry with the largest increase in turnover was food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing, which had the largest increase in both dollar and percentage terms ($2,813 million and 6.3% respectively) from 1996-97.
  • Printing, publishing and recorded media industry had the largest percentage increase in employment from both one year ago (4.6%) and five years ago (10.9%). However machinery and equipment manufacturers still employed more people than any other manufacturing industry subdivision (206,300 people).

Full details are in Manufacturing Industry, Australia (cat. no. 8221.0) which is available from ABS Bookshops. The main features of the publication are available on this site. The ABS encourages media organisations with online news services to link to the main features. Please phone us if you need assistance to do this.