ABS gives snapshot of transport's financial performance

New section in Australian Industry, 2009-10 report

July 8, 2011

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has added "transport services" to its data for national industry performance for the financial year 2009-10.

Given that it is a new data stream, there were no comparable figures for previous years.

What it did show was that, at 550,000, the transport, postal and warehousing industry employed a little more than 10 percent of the workforce of industries the ABS measures for its Australian Industry 2009-10 survey.

In the road transport sector, total income was $46.5 billion, of which $29 billion came from transporting goods.

For postal and courier services, the figures were $10.4 billion and $2.6 billion respectively.

Freight, cartage, delivery and transport expenses to other businesses was $7.3 billion and $1.6 billion for postal and courier.

But that was about as much differentiation as there was between goods and passenger transport.

Total expenses were $42 billion, of which total transport-related expenses was $17.5 billion.

Petroleum products and fuels, repairs and maintenance, and other vehicle and running expenses were $5.9 billion, $2.2 billion and $1.1 billion respectively.

Road vehicles cost the sector $3.4 billion, with total capital expenditure at $4.4 billion.

Road transport labour costs came in at $11.6 billion.

In the wider industry, total income from transporting goods not owned or sold by the companies, along with other transport services income and other income, was measured at $131.8 billion.

Total expenditure weighed in at $121.4 billion, of which $31 billion went on labour costs and $11.8 billion petroleum products and fuels.

Transport firms spent $7.7 billion on vehicles and $12.5 billion on other capital items.

Rent, leasing and hiring of transport and other vehicles was $3.1 billion.

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