Manufacturing Performance: Data and Publications

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 the production of medical equipment.

The manufacturing industry currently contributes around $100 billion to Australian GDP annually, employs around 900,000 Australians and contributes over 25 per cent of business expenditure on research and development (R&D).

Manufacturing has strong links throughout the economy through flows of skills, knowledge and goods. This includes its use of materials and services from industries such as mining and information and communications technologies and its provision of manufactured products, such as fertiliser to agriculture and structural steel to construction.

Manufacturing Performance Report

The Manufacturing Performance Report provides key indicators on the performance of the manufacturing industry, including employment, gross value added and trade. For a copy of the Report, please email

Manufacturing Data Card

The Manufacturing Data Card provides a snapshot of the manufacturing industry's contribution to the Australian economy and its change over time.

Contact us

Manufacturing Performance and Defence Industry Policy
Manufacturing and Services Policy Branch
Sectoral Growth Policy Division
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601

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