1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Industry structure and performance


This chapter presents information on the structure and performance of the main industrial components of the Australian economy, and their changing contribution to overall economic activity.

The chapter begins by outlining the development of industry since European settlement of Australia. The next section examines industry gross value added and the contribution of individual industries to Australia's gross domestic product. The chapter goes on to examine aspects of employment and then the flow of Australian businesses into and out of the Australian economy, including the survival rates of entries. The chapter concludes with a look at productivity, including multifactor productivity and labour productivity.

More detailed information on the structure and performance of individual industries is provided in chapters 16 to 26.

Other related information can be found in chapters 8 LABOUR and 30 NATIONAL ACCOUNTS.


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.