8655.0 - Cafes, Restaurants and Catering Services, Australia, 2006-07 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/04/2008   
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Summary of Operations
Sources of Income


At the end of June 2007 there were 13,987 cafe and restaurant businesses operating in Australia. These businesses:

  • employed 145,546 people at end June 2007
  • generated income of $9,702.6m during the 2006-07 financial year, which represented an average of $693,700 per business
  • incurred expenses of $9,355.2m for the same period.

Industry value added by these businesses was $3,862.4m, contributing the equivalent of 0.4% to Australia's gross domestic product for 2006-07.

During 2006-07, operating profit before tax for these businesses was $368.3m and their operating profit margin was 3.8%.

During 2006-07 cafes and restaurants generated $9,702.6m in income.

The graph below shows that the main source of income for cafes and restaurants was takings from meals consumed on the premises, accounting for almost two-thirds (65.2% or $6,329.8m) of total income.

SOURCES OF INCOME(a), Cafes and restaurants
Graph: shows most income came from meals consumed on the premises (65.2%). Sales of liquor and other beverages accounted for 25.4% of income, takeaway food 6.7% and catering services 1.1%. All other sources of income accounted for 1.6%.

Sales of liquor and other beverages represented just over a quarter of income (25.4% or $2,460.7m) and takeaway food 6.7% (or $646.1m).

At the end of June 2007, there were 145,546 people working in cafes and restaurants.

Cafes and restaurants were characterised by a large casual work force, accounting for just under half (47.4% or 68,941 people) of all employment. Permanent full-time employees accounted for under a quarter (21.1% or 30,724 people) of all employment, while permanent part-time employees accounted for 17.4% (25,306 people).

Females accounted for just over half (51% or 74,567 people) of all employment. The majority (55.3% of female employment) worked as casuals.

At the end of June 2007, there were 3,703 employees holding a Working Holiday visa.

At the end of June 2007, the largest occupation was waiting staff (60,639 people or 41.7% of total employment). Collectively, qualified and other chefs/cooks accounted for 21.1% (30,709) of all people employed and kitchen hands 16.4% (23,860 people).