Supporting Regional Australia (2018)
Australia’s food and grocery manufacturing industry is made up of over 36,000 businesses, ranging from multinational companies to small and medium enterprises that are often family owned and run. Furthermore, almost 40% of jobs in food and grocery manufacturing are based in regional Australia, providing employment and opportunities in many local communities.
In 2018 the AFGC commissioned research into the vital role the food and grocery processing sector plays in two of the industry’s major regional hubs – Northern Victoria and Western Sydney.
WESTERN SYDNEY report highlights include:
- Wages – Wages and salaries pump $1.9 billion into the Western Sydney economy annually, worth an average $80,000 for every full-time and part-time worker.
- Jobs – Western Sydney food and grocery manufacturing businesses employ 24,391 workers, making the sector the 11th largest jobs provider in Western Sydney.
- Economics – The sector contributes $17.2 billion in annual output and more than $2.5 billion in international exports.
NORTHERN VICTORIA report highlights include:
- Wages – Wages and salaries pump $1.4 billion into the Northern Victorian economy annually, worth an average $63,200 for every full-time and part-time worker.
- Jobs – Northern Victorian food and grocery manufacturing businesses employ 21,500 workers. It is the fourth largest jobs provider in northern Victoria, after Health Care & Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Education & Training.
- Exports – Food and grocery manufacturing is the number one export industry in Bendigo, Indi, Mallee and Murray, outpacing other sectors such as Mining, Forestry, Financial Services, Construction and the Public Service.
- Economics – The sector contributes $12 billion in annual output and $2.1 billion in exports.
Read the full Northern Victorian report.
AFGC and EY Policy Paper Series (2015-2017)
The Australian food and grocery processing sector is a vital asset to Australia’s economy. A strong policy platform which encourages jobs growth and investment is key to the continued sustainability of the sector.
The AFGC and EY produced three research papers that examined policies which directly impacted the operating environment of food and grocery companies at the time of their publication. The papers also considered what this means for the future of the sector.