As at the September quarter 2013, the manufacturing industry employed approximately 921,400 people. In 2012-13, it contributed approximately $105 billion to the economy. Manufacturing accounted for nearly one quarter of all business expenditure on R&D in 2011-12, representing around $4.5 billion invested in research and development.
Since the 1980s, manufacturing in Australia has undergone substantial structural change influenced by a number of factors including globalisation, technical change and changing consumer preferences.
Support for Manufacturing
The department has responsibility for a range of initiatives that encourage the sustainable growth of Australian industry. These include but are not limited to:
The department produces a quarterly Manufacturing Data Card which summarises key manufacturing statistics. For further information on the manufacturing industry, please contact:
Data and Analysis
Department of Industry
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2 6213 6429