Australian Pharmaceuticals Industry Data Card 2013

Australian Pharmaceutical Industry Overview

The Australian pharmaceutical industry is a major high tech industry, with exports of $4.06 billion in 2011-12. The industry employed an estimated 41,000 people# and spent around $1 billion on R&D in 2010-11. In 2011-12, the pharmaceuticals industry received $6.6 billion from PBS sales. Sales of complementary medicines are worth around $2 billion a year (Complementary Healthcare Council Annual Report 2011-12).

# Last updated in 2008.

Pharmaceuticals Industry Turnover in Australia

Pharmaceuticals Industry Turnover in Australia graph

Sources: IBIS World, Pharmaceuticals Product Manufacturing in Australia, December 2012. ABS Cat. No. 53.68, International Trade in Goods and Services Australia. ABS, Cat. No. 8624. Retail and Wholesale Industry.

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Pharmaceuticals Exports from Australia

Pharmaceuticals Exports from Australia graph

Source: ABS Cat. No. 53.68, International Trade in Goods and Services Australia (includes complementary and over the counter medicines).

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Key Statistics: Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing in Australia

Selected key statistics 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Employment at end of June (no.)* 13,290 13,375 14,500 14,040 14,180 14,490 14,375
Exports ($m)+ 3,350.9 3,760.0 3,944.0 4,028.2 4,121.3 3,811.5 4,056.1
Imports ($m)+ 7,205.5 7,810.2 7,983.5 9,075.0 9,201.1 10,089.3 10,678.7

Sources: * IBIS World, Pharmaceuticals Product Manufacturing in Australia, December 2012.
+ ABS Cat. No. 53.68, International Trade in Goods and Services Australia.
Note: $ in current price.

Pharmaceutical Industry BERD in Australia

Growth in pharmaceuticals BERD vs growth in BERD in Australia graph

Source: ABS, Cat. No. 8104.0, Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia and unpublished data.
BERD: Business Expenditure in R&D.

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Pharmaceutical Industry BERD as a Percentage of Total BERD

Pharmaceuticals Industry Employment in Australia-updating graph

Source: ABS, Cat. No. 8104.0, Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia.
BERD: Business Expenditure in R&D.

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Highest PBS Suppliers by Market Share (Scripts), 2011-12 (%)

Highest PBS Suppliers by Market Share (Scripts), 2010-11 chart

Source: Expenditure and prescriptions twelve months to 30 June 2012 (Department of Health and Ageing).

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Disclaimer: This report is not meant to constitute professional advice and any persons should seek competent
professional advice. The Australian Government accepts no liability whatsoever, including for negligence,
for any loss to any person resulting from the use of this material. Unless indicated, all figures are in
Australian Dollars.

Inquiries: Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies Section
Tel: (02) 6276 1221, email: pharmaceutical@innovation.gov.au

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