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Publication Date: 
July 2018

The Australian manufacturing industry includes businesses engaged in the physical or chemical transformation of materials into new products. This includes diverse activities such as cheese making, metal smelting and medical equipment production.

The manufacturing industry currently:

  • contributes around $100 billion to Australian GDP annually (Source: Australian Bereau of Statistics (ABS) Cat. No. 5206.0, 2016-17)
  • employs around 900,000 Australians (Source: ABS Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003, 2016-17)
  • contributes 23.5 per cent of business expenditure on research and development (R&D) (Source: ABS Cat. No. 8104.0, 2015-16)

Manufacturing has strong links throughout the economy through the flow of skills, knowledge and goods. It uses materials and services from industries such as mining and information and communications technologies.

Manufacturing also provides manufactured products to other industries such as fertiliser to agriculture, or structural steel to construction.

This report provides key indicators on the performance of the manufacturing industry. These include employment, gross value added, and trade.

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