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Economic contribution report

A comprehensive report by Acil Allen Consulting analyses the economic contribution of the Australian chemistry industry, which represents the largest gas-based manufacturing sector in Australia.

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Commissioned by members of Chemistry Australia, the Chemical Sector Economic Contribution Analysis report tables the economic contribution of the Australian chemistry industry, which represents the largest gas-based manufacturing sector in Australia.

The report estimates the direct and indirect economic value of the output of the Australian chemical industry during the financial year 2017-2018.

Key data:

  • The chemistry sector drives more than $286 million of local economic activity for every petajoule of gas it consumes
  • This is 33 times more than the LNG industry and 68 times more than the gas-fired electricity generation industry
  • The sector also supports more than 1,600 full time equivalent jobs for every petajoule of gas it uses; this is 80 times higher than LNG, and 150 times more than the gas-fired electricity generation sector
  • Australians receive $277 million more in economic benefit from a petajoule of gas that goes through the chemistry industry than they do from a petajoule of gas going to LNG exports
  • The chemistry industry underpins more than 212,000 full time equivalent jobs across the economy
  • 80 per cent of the chemistry sector is located in Victoria, NSW and Queensland
  • The chemistry sector directly employs 61,458 people in full time equivalent jobs with the bulk of employment concentrated in Victoria (19,550), NSW (19,303) and Queensland (11,372)
  • In 2017-18, the chemistry sector contributed $11.2 billion to NSW GSP, $10.5 billion to Victoria GSP and $6.8 billion to Queensland GSP

Become a member of Chemistry Australia

Membership of Chemistry Australia signals your commitment to the industry and ensures your organisation can play an active role in shaping the future for Australia’s chemistry sector.
By working together, we can have a stronger voice to prosecute the key challenges facing our industry and advance chemistry as a critical enabler of a safer, more sustainable future for Australia and the broader community.

Chemistry Australia Chair, David Hawkins

  • Effective and more influential industry advocacy to complement your business’ strategic objectives
  • Opportunities to influence the industry’s position on key policy and regulatory matters
  • Timely industry intelligence, analysis, and services to help inform your business decisions
  • Tailored tools and resources to save your organisation time, effort and money

We offer membership packages tailored to best meet the needs of businesses in, and associated with, the Australian chemistry industry:
Corporate membership for businesses that manufacture chemical products, import, store, handle and/or distribute chemical and plastic products, convert plastics, or are involved in research, technology and education.
Affiliate membership for organisations that represent a sector of the industry in Australia and internationally.
Partner membership for organisations that provide services, equipment and professional development to the industry.
Associate membership for SMEs and organisations in the chemistry industry value chain. 

All membership enquiries are welcome.
Please contact Chemistry Australia on 03 9611 5400 or email .
We look forward to working with you.