1146.0 - Directory of Service Industries Statistics, 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/02/2002   
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Dental Services, Australia (cat. no. 8551.0)


To provide key measures on the performance of the dental services industry. To identify the nature and structure of the industry/activity in terms of employment, income, costs and its contribution to the Australian economy.


The collection was two surveys of private sector practitioners and businesses involved in the provision of dental services.

The first survey was a sample of private practice dental practitioners. The sample was selected from the Medibank provider file in March 1998. The scope included dental practitioners working in private practice and excluded dental practitioners solely engaged in the public health system.

The businesses included in the second survey were identified from the responses to the first survey in which dental practitioners were asked to provide details about the dental businesses for which they work and any administrative service companies/trusts providing support services to the dental businesses.

In terms of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), businesses whose main activity is the provision of dental services are classified to Class 8623 Dental Services.


Published data reflects a range of standard outputs including:

  • activities by type of business
  • sources of income
  • items of expenditure
  • characteristics of employment
  • selected statistics by practice size
  • selected performance ratios
  • activity data on general practitioners and specialists including age, male/female and general practitioners/specialists employment breakdown and number of consultations by general practitioners/specialists

The tables contain data at the Australia level with State tables showing:
  • number of practices
  • number of locations
  • total employment
  • employment breakdown by male/female and general practitioners/specialists
  • wages and salaries
  • total income


New South Wales
South Australia
Western Australia
Northern Territory


The Allied Health Industries Collection was conducted for the first and only time in respect of the 1997-1998 financial year. In addition to the Dental Services industry, the collection covered the Optometry and Optical Dispensing Services, Physiotherapy Services, Audiology and Audiometry Services and Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services industries.


Audiology and Audiometry Services, Australia (cat. no. 8554.0)
Optometry and Optical Dispensing Services, Australia (cat. no. 8553.0)
Physiotherapy Services, Australia (cat. no. 8552.0)
Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services, Australia (cat. no. 8550.0)

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