Ambulance Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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The cost of providing ambulance services will increase primarily as a result of ambulance officer award salary increases, ongoing recruitment, technology enhancement, and infrastructure spending to address growth in demand and maintain operational response times. These higher costs will be met by an increase in government grants and higher transport and other charges, which will lead to revenue growth in the Ambulance Services industry. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Ambulance Services industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

The cost of providing ambulance services will increase as ambulance officers receive pay rises

The primary role of all ambulance services is emergency pre-hospital medical care, although they generally provide both emergency response and patient transfer on behalf of the health sector. The Ambulance Services industry in Australia will generate revenue of approximately $2.47 billion in 2011-12, up 5.2% compared with revenue in 2010-11. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Nigel Fitzpatrick, “industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised rate of 5.7% in the five years through 2011-12”. The cost of providing ambulance services will increase primarily as a result of ambulance officer award salary increases, ongoing recruitment, technology enhancement, and infrastructure spending to address growth in demand and maintain operational response times. These higher costs will be met by an increase in government grants and higher transport and other charges.

There has been a trend for bringing ambulance services under the health portfolio, and such an approach could enhance synergies and potentially help reduce total health costs and free up heavily used resources. Fitzpatrick adds “some state and territory governments may follow the Victorian Government's lead by splitting emergency and non-emergency ambulance operations into distinct units, and by opening up the market for non-emergency services”. This could provide more focused activities in the Ambulance Services industry, with resources matching service requirements. Competition could be increased by the tendering out of public hospital ambulatory transport requirements.

Market share concentration in the Ambulance Services industry is high. This industry is heavily regulated and major government-owned operators have significant control over the provision of ambulance services. Major players include Ambulance Service of NSW, Ambulance Victoria, Department of Community Safety, SA Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance Australia WA Ambulance Service. Ambulance Services industry revenue is forecast to grow in the five years through 2016-17. Demand for ambulance services will be promoted by the following: growth in the population; population ageing; the rising burden of chronic disease; the accessibility of alternative services, such as the reduced availability of out-of-hours general practitioner services; developments in the public hospital system, such as early discharge; and societal changes, such as an increase in lone person households.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Ambulance Services report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This class consists of units mainly engaged in providing ambulance services.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com.au or call (03) 9655 3886.

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