In 2010-11 pharmaceuticals were one of Australia’s major manufactured exports with exports over $3.8 billion. The industry employed an estimated 41,000 people including in sales and distribution (with 13,375 in manufacturing) and spent around $1.002 billion on R&D in 2009-10. In 2010-11, the pharmaceuticals industry received $6.4 billion from PBS sales. Sales of complementary medicines are worth around $1.9 billion a year.
Pharmaceuticals Industry Turnover in Australia
Source: IBIS World, Pharmaceuticals Product Manufacturing in Australia, 2011. ABS Cat no 53.68, International Trade in Goods and Services Australia. ABS, Cat 8624. Retail and Wholesale Industry, 2005-06.
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Pharmaceuticals Exports from Australia
Source: ABS Cat no 53.68, International Trade in Goods and Services Australia.
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Key Statistics: Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing in Australia
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Sources: IBISWorld, Pharmaceuticals Product Manufacturing in Australia
* Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) International Merchandise Trade Export and Import Data.
Note: $ in current price.
Growth in Pharmaceuticals BERD v Growth in BERD in Australia
Source: ABS, Cat. No. 8104.0, 1999-2010.
BERD: Business Expenditure in R&D.
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Pharmaceuticals Industry Employment in Australia-updating
Source: ABS, Cat. No. 8104.0, 2006-07; ABS unpublished data. IBIS World, Pharmaceuticals Product Manufacturing in Australia, 2010; IBIS World Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia, 2010; DIISR, Biotech Business indicators, 2008.
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Highest PBS Suppliers by Market Share (Scripts), 2010-11 (%)
Source: PBPA, Annual Report 2010-2011.
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