Australian manufacturing performance report

Date published:
1 May 2020

The Australian manufacturing industry contributes to the economy through skills, knowledge and goods.

Our report provides key indicators on the performance of the manufacturing industry. These include:

  • employment
  • gross value added
  • trade

Key statistics

Australia’s manufacturing industry currently:

  • contributes around $100 billion to Australian GDP annually (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Cat. No. 5206.0, March 2020)
  • employs around 900,000 Australians (Source: ABS Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003, February 2020)
  • contributes 26.4% of business expenditure on research and development (R&D) (Source: ABS Cat. No. 8104.0, 2017-18)

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