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Number and size of businesses in the film and video production and post-production services industry, 1993/94, 1996/97, 1999/00, 2002/03 and 2006/07

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Service Industry Survey of the Australian film and video production and post-production services industry, there were 2,492 businesses in the industry at the end of June 2007 – almost 6 per cent less than 2003, when there were 2,638 businesses. This includes businesses that were mainly engaged in film, television program, television commercials and video production, as well as those mainly engaged in providing post, digital and visual effects (PDV) services.

Businesses employing more than 100 people halved, from 36 in June 2003 to 18 in June 2007, yet still accounted for 39 per cent of employment (5,400 people) and 31.3 per cent of industry income ($635.2 million).

Shifts in the size of businesses may be due, in part, to the projects underway during the surveyed period (in this case, the last pay period of June), as companies tend to employ more people while they are actively engaged with a production, returning to a smaller ‘core’ staff once completed. See Employment per quarter.

2006/07

Employment size Businesses Total employment Total income
No. % No. % $m %
Total 2,492 100% 13,844 100% 2,028.1 100%
0–4 persons 2,120 85.1% 3,533 25.5% 654.3 32.3%
5–9 persons *169 6.8% *1,099 7.9% *243.6 12.0%
10–19 persons *126 5.0% *1,578 11.4% ^236.5 11.7%
20–49 persons ^45 1.8% ^1,233 8.9% ^152.4 7.5%
50–99 persons 14 0.6% 1,002 7.2% 106.2 5.2%
100 persons or more 18 0.7% 5,400 39.0% 635.2 31.3%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Television, Film and Video Production and Post-production Services, 2006/07 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes all employing and significant non-employing businesses mainly engaged in film and video production and post-production services. Does not include television broadcasters or subscription television channel providers.
^ Estimate has a relative standard error of 10–25 per cent and should be used with caution.
* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50 per cent and should be used with caution.

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2002/03

Employment size Businesses Total employment Total income
No. % No. % $m %
Total 2,174 100% 16,427 100% 1,596.6 100%
Revised total1 r2,638   r16,360   r1,658.2  
0–4 persons 1,836 84.5% 3,025 18.4% 434.9 27.2%
5–9 persons ^150 6.9% ^963 5.9% 156.2 9.8%
10–19 persons ^84 3.9% ^1,131 6.9% 118.4 7.4%
20–49 persons ^50 2.3% ^1,506 9.2% 211.3 13.2%
50–99 persons *17 0.8% *1,208 7.4% ^129.7 8.1%
100 persons or more ^36 1.6% ^8,595 52.3% 546.1 34.2%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Television, Film and Video Production, 2002/03 (cat. no. 8679.0) and Television, Film and Video Production and Post-production Services, 2006/07 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes employing businesses mainly engaged in film and video production industry and post-production services. Does not include television broadcasters or subscription television channel providers. Significant non-employing businesses are included in revised totals only.
^Estimate has a relative standard error of 10–25 per cent and should be used with caution.
* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50 per cent and should be used with caution.
r Revised estimate.
1. With the release of 2006/07 data, the ABS issued revised top-line figures for 2002/03: see About the data.

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1999/00

Employment size Businesses Total employment Total income
No. % No. % $m %
Total 1,975 100% 15,195 100% 1,473.8 100%
0–4 persons 1,609 81.5% 2,645 17.5% 433.0 29.4%
5–9 persons 177 9.0% 1,140 7.5% 104.9 7.1%
10–19 persons 77 3.9% 1,063 7.0% 237.0 16.1%
20–49 persons 68 3.4% 1,901 12.5% 175.8 11.9%
50–99 persons 19 1.0% 1,235 8.1% 124.5 8.4%
100 persons or more 25 1.3% 7,202 47.4% 398.6 27.0%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1999/00 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes employing businesses mainly engaged in film and video production and post-production services. Does not include television broadcasters, subscription television channel providers or non-employing businesses.

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1996/97

Employment size Businesses Total employment Total income
No. % No. % $m %
Total 2,003 100% 9,438 100% 1,128.5 100%
Revised total1 r2,004   r9,591   r1,184.5  
0–4 persons 1,668 83.3% 2,679 28.4% 395.5 35.0%
5–9 persons 159 7.9% 1,028 10.9% 191.4 17.0%
10–19 persons 95 4.7% 1,282 13.6% 160.8 14.2%
20–49 persons 58 2.9% 1,762 18.7% 233.1 20.7%
50–99 persons 16 0.8% 1,030 10.9% 59.1 5.2%
100 persons or more 7 0.3% 1,655 17.5% 88.6 7.9%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1996/97 and Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1999/00 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes employing businesses mainly engaged in film and video production and post-production services. Does not include television broadcasters, subscription television channel providers or non-employing businesses.
r Revised estimate.
1. With the release of 1999/00 data, the ABS issued revised top-line figures for 1996/97 to account for a subsequent change of scope.

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1993/94

Employment size Businesses Total employment Total income
No. % No. % $m %
Total 1,179 100% 5,998 100% 607.7 100%
0–4 persons 974 82.6% 1,875 31.3% 173.8 28.6%
5–9 persons 111 9.4% 690 11.5% 80.7 13.3%
10–19 persons 50 4.2% 689 11.5% 100.9 16.6%
20–49 persons 27 2.3% 799 13.3% 94.7 15.6%
50–99 persons 9 0.8% 619 10.3% 46.6 7.7%
100 persons or more 7 0.6% 1,326 22.1% 111.0 18.3%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1993/94 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes employing businesses mainly engaged in film and video production and post-production services. Does not include television broadcasters, subscription television channel providers or non-employing businesses.

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