This release presents detailed information from the Economic Activity Survey (EAS) conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in respect of 2013-14. As part of the EAS, the ABS collects detailed information from a rotating program of industries. For 2013-14 the EAS collected additional information from Australian businesses classified to the Information Media and Telecommunications (IMT) Division of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006 edition (ANZSIC06). The IMT industry in 2013-14 is characterised by changing operating models as a result of emerging digital technologies.
Subdivision 54 - Publishing (except internet and music publishing)
Subdivision 55 - Motion picture and sound recording activities
Subdivision 56 - Broadcasting (except internet)
Subdivision 57 - Internet publishing and broadcasting
Subdivision 58 - Telecommunications services
Subdivision 59 - Internet service providers, web search portals and data processing services
Subdivision 60 - Library and other information services
It is important to note that the EAS does not attempt to measure or reflect the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. For information on the differences in scope between the IMT component of EAS and the last ICT survey (cat. no. 8126.0), please refer to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Statistics Review page.
The following table provides key figures for the financial and economic performance of the IMT industry by subdivision for 2013-14.
Information Media and Telecommunications Industry
Employment at end June
Wages and salaries
Sales and service income
Industry value added
Publishing (except internet and music publishing)
Motion picture and sound recording activities
Broadcasting (except internet)
Internet publishing and broadcasting
ISP, web search portals and data processing services(b)
Library and other information services
Information media and telecommunications
(a) Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.
(b) ISP refers to Internet Service Providers.
(c) Estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution.
As at 30 June 2014 there were approximately 165,000 people employed in the IMT industry in Australia, a fall of 2.4% on the previous 12 months. The Telecommunications services subdivision accounted for the largest proportion of total people employed in the IMT industry (34.3% or 57,000 people), followed by the Publishing (except internet and music publishing) subdivision (23.5% or 39,000 people).
Employment growth in the 12 months to 30 June 2014 occurred for the Internet service providers, web search portals and data processing services (+17.2%), Telecommunications services (+4.5%) and Internet publishing and broadcasting (+4.1%) subdivisions.
The traditional media subdivisions had large falls in employment in the 12 months to 30 June 2014, led by the Publishing (except internet and music publishing) subdivision where employment decreased by 11.5%.
INCOME AND EXPENSES
IMT businesses generated $74,153m in total income and incurred $65,901m in total expenses during 2013-14. Subdivision 58 Telecommunications services was the major contributor to the IMT industry, accounting for 55.7% of both total income and total expenses.
Total sales and service income for the IMT industry in 2013-14 was $72,848m, of which 55.7% was attributable to the Telecommunications services subdivision, followed by the Publishing (except internet and music) and Broadcasting (except internet) subdivisions which comprised 13.4% and 13.3% of the total respectively.
Internet service providers, web search portals and data processing services was the fastest growing subdivision with sales and service income increasing by 17.4% to $5,015m in 2013-14.
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the IMT industry was $19,518m. Telecommunications services accounted for 67.1% of total EBITDA for the IMT industry.
Total capital expenditure for the IMT industry in 2013-14 was $14,323m. This was an increase of 29.6% from the 2012-13 total capital expenditure of $11,053m. The Telecommunications services subdivision again was the top contributor, accounting for 84.1% of the division estimates, however there were large increases across all subdivisions as businesses expanded and upgraded their infrastructure.
Footnote(s): SD54 Publishing (except internet and music publishing); SD55 Motion picture and sound recording activities; SD56 Broadcasting (except internet); SD57 Internet publishing and broadcasting; SD58 Telecommunications services; SD59 ISPs, web search portals and data processing services; SD60 Library and other information services