The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the latest release of its software distribution figures, revealing that the number of users downloading the software has increased from 12.3 million in 2015 to 16.2 million in 2016.
In fact, the software distribution of the country has doubled in the past 12 months, and more than doubled since 2010, when it was around 10.5 million.
“The Australian software market is very dynamic, and is constantly changing,” said Nicky Hogg, a research manager at The NAB.
“We expect the growth of the Australian software industry to continue in the years ahead.”‘
The biggest contributor’To the growth in downloads, the number two player in the software market in Australia has been mathematics education.
In the past five years, the growth rate of downloads from Australia to the US is up to a whopping 50 per cent, from 17.1 per cent in 2015, while downloads from India to the UK are up to 50 per percent, from 20.4 per cent.
However, in the same period the growth from the US to India is down to just 8.6 per cent and from 7.2 per cent to 4.3 per cent respectively.
“While the US and India are a major contributor to Australia’s growth in software downloads, our primary growth driver in the last five years has been our strong education and maths education sector,” Ms Hogg said.
“It is this sector which will continue to grow, providing an important contribution to the Australian economy and our overall quality of life.”