This chapter presents an overview and a range of statistical information for a selection of service industries, with a focus on those industries that have recently been surveyed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
For the purposes of this chapter, services-producing industries have been defined as all industries other than goods-producing industries (Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Mining; Manufacturing; Electricity, gas, water and waste services; and Construction). For tables 22.1 and 22.3, service industries are classified according to the 1993 edition of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), while table 22.2 (employment) uses the 2006 edition of ANZSIC. For more information regarding the differences between the 1993 and 2006 ANZSIC classifications please see the article titled "Australian and New Zealand Industrial Classification 2006" in the Industry structure and performance chapter in this edition of Year Book Australia.
Classified according to the 1993 edition of ANZSIC, service industries encompass the following industries: Wholesale trade; Retail trade; Accommodation, cafes and restaurants; Transport and storage; Communication services; Financial and insurance services; Property and business services; Government administration and defence; Education; Health and community services; Cultural and recreational services; and Personal and other services.
In 2007-08 the services-producing industries' overall contribution to the total production of goods and services in the Australian economy (gross domestic product) was 55%.