Information Media and Telecommunications employs approximately 211,300 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 1.6 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 0.3 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 38 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,347 per week.

Activities performed by businesses in the information media and telecommunications industry include:

  • book publishing
  • film, television and video production including advertising
  • television and video distribution and broadcast and stock footage libraries
  • cinemas, drive-ins, film festivals
  • film post-production services including facilities, editing, special effects, animation
  • internet publishing and broadcasting
  • internet providers and data processing services
  • library information services.

Top causes of injury:

There are a vast range of activities and workplaces within this industry. Each workplace presents its own safety challenges. But, across the industry common injuries are:

  • sprains and strains from repetitive movements and manual handling practices
  • fractures from falls and limbs trapped in machinery
  • slips and trips
  • hearing loss due to workplace noise.

You can view more information about common hazards in the industry here.

Employment Characteristics


Employment Level - November 2019 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five years to November 2019 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2019 (%)


Male Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Female Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Full Time Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Average Full Time Hours - November 2019


Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2019 ($)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 ('000)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 (%)


Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Education, Skills and Employment trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2019; Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019 employment projections, five years to May 2024.

Top 10 Occupations Data

Top 10 Occupations

(For more information, select an occupation below)

Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)

Telecommunications Trades WorkersOpens a new window


Journalists and Other WritersOpens a new window


Film, Television, Radio and Stage DirectorsOpens a new window


Telecommunications Engineering ProfessionalsOpens a new window


ICT ManagersOpens a new window


Advertising, Public Relations and Sales ManagersOpens a new window


LibrariansOpens a new window


Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and PresentersOpens a new window


Graphic and Web Designers, and IllustratorsOpens a new window


ICT Sales AssistantsOpens a new window


Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.

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