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Historical Data
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business trends

Number and size of PDV businesses, 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 an estimated 497 PDV businesses at the end of June 2007.

The majority (90.1 per cent in 2006/07) were businesses employing fewer than five people. The number of larger companies is similar to 2002/03, with only those employing five to nine people contracting, from 22 in 2002/03 to 15 in 2006/07.

The data suggests that, after an expansion from a total of 156 PDV businesses in 1996/97 to 266 in 1999/00, the sector contracted to 195 in 2002/03 and then increased significantly in 2006/07. The 2006/07 survey included non-employing businesses for the first time, which partly accounts for the change; however, there were only 147 such businesses (allocated to the 0–4 persons category). The increasing accessibility and affordability of digital technology, such as that used for visual and sound editing, is also likely to have had an impact on the industry, particularly at the small business end.