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8554.0 - Audiology and Audiometry Services, Australia, 1997-98  
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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

INTRODUCTION

This publication presents results, in respect of the 1997-98 financial year, from an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census of Australian audiology and audiometry businesses. This is the first time that the ABS has collected data on the audiology and audiometry industries in Australia.

At the end of June 1998, there were 146 audiology and audiometry businesses in Australia, operating from 985 locations (362 in capital cities and 623 in other locations). These businesses provided a range of audiology and audiometry services including the fitting and post-fitting of hearing instruments (140 businesses), sale of hearing instruments (135 businesses) and consultation and diagnostic work (134 businesses).

The audiology and audiometry industries were small in terms of the number of businesses, employment and income, with the 146 businesses having a total employment of 1,367 persons and generating a total income of $158 million.

KEY FIGURES

      Businesses at end June (no.)
146
      Private practice locations at end June
      Capital city (no.)
362
      Other (no.)
623
      Total (no.)
985
      Employment at end June
      Audiologists (no.)
503
      Audiometrists (no.)
162
      Other (no.)
702
      Total (no.)
1367
      Contract audiologists/audiometrists at end June (no.)
14
      Income
      Fee for service ($m)
127.4
      Other income ($m)
30.6
      Total ($m)
157.9
      Expenses
      Labour costs ($m)
56.8
      Purchases of hearing instruments ($m)
55.1
      Other expenses ($m)
45.1
      Total ($m)
156.9
      Operating profit before tax ($m)
0.9
      Operating profit margin (%)
0.7

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