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The service industries sector is the largest component of the Australian economy in terms of number of businesses, employment and gross value added.
The service industries sector accounted for 68% of the gross value for all industries in 2000-01, and also showed the greatest increase in output in chain volume terms (measuring 'real' output unaffected by price change), with an increase of 26% over the period from 1995-96 to 2000-01 (table 21.2). In comparison, the goods producing industries recorded an increase of 13% over the same period.
The largest contributor to the service industry sector in 2000-01 was the property and business services industry, which accounted for 20% of the gross value added of the service industries sector and 14% of the gross value added of all industries. The next largest within the service industries sector was finance and insurance services, which accounted for 11% of the gross value added of the sector.
In the five-year period 1995-96 to 2000-01, the gross value added of the services industries increased by an average annual rate of 5%, while that of the goods producing industries recorded an average annual growth rate of 3%.
From within the service industries sector, the communication services industry recorded the largest percentage increase in output in the five-year period, of 64% in real terms, which is the equivalent of an average annual growth rate of 10%. The next highest growth rate was recorded in the service industries by the property and business services industry, with a 43% increase in output over the five-year period, and an average annual growth rate of 8%. The lowest growth in real terms in the period 1995-96 to 2000-01 was in the goods producing sector, where the construction industry recorded only a 6% increase. In comparison, the lowest increase in real terms in the service industries sector over this same period was by the education industry with an increase of 10%.
In terms of employment the service industries sector is dominant, accounting for 74% of total employment for all industries in 2000-01 (table 21.3). Total employment in the service industries sector in 2000-01 was 6,702,800 persons.
In the five-year period from 1995-96, employment in the service industries increased by 696,000 persons or 12%, representing an average annual growth rate of 2%. In the same period the goods producing industries recorded an increase in employment of 86,500 persons. This represented an increase of 4%, an average annual growth rate of just over 0.7%.
Within the service industries, the major employing industry was retail trade with employment in 2000-01 of 1,335,300 persons, accounting for 15% of all employment and 20% of employment in the service industries sector. Other large employing service industries were property and business services (1,082,600 persons), health and community services (876,600 persons), and education (621,600 persons). The industries showing the greatest employment growth in the five-year period since 1995-96 were property and business services, with a 35% increase from 799,400 persons to 1,082,600 persons, accommodation, cafes and restaurants with an increase of 23% in the period, and health and community services with an increase of 15%. In contrast, employment in the wholesale trade and the government administration and defence sectors fell by 12% and 4% respectively over this period.