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Economic benefits

Emerging aviation technologies, including drones, are expected to drive significant economic growth across Australia.

Use of emerging aviation technologies and services could generate benefits for a range of industry sectors, and significantly boost the Australian economy and regions over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

Economic growth

The drone industry has the potential to increase Australia's Gross Domestic Product by $14.5 billion from 2020 to 2040 (Deloitte Access Economics, 2020, p. 53). There are expected to be positive impacts experienced across major capital cities as well as regional and rural Australia. This highlights the innovative nature of emerging aviation technology to end-user industries.

Job creation

Drones and other emerging aviation technologies will create new jobs in both emerging and existing industries.

Drones are projected to create up to 10,000 jobs over the next 20 years. These jobs will be supported by the drone industry as well as the uptake of drones across various downstream industries (Deloitte Access Economics, 2020, p. 54). There will be positive employment opportunities in capital cities as well as across states and territories.

Cost savings

New and emerging aviation technologies, such as drones, are already helping industries reduce costs compared to traditional methods of doing business. 

It is expected that cumulative estimated cost savings from 2020 to 2050 will total $48 billion in undiscounted terms (Deloitte Access Economics, 2020, p. 35). This is calculated through a scenario based model which estimates drone uptake (number of drones) over time and the potential cost savings taking into consideration the additional value drones add, which is embedded in the technology capability of drones.

This analysis is also informed by a combination of in-house data-sets, other economic data and previous studies, as well as through consultation with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia.

 

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Other benefits of drones in Australia
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Benefits of drones in Australia

Transport and logistics

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Benefits of drones in Australia

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

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Benefits of drones in Australia

Construction industry

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Other benefits of drones in Australia
Figure of Transport and logistics
Benefits of drones in Australia

Transport and logistics

Figure of Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Benefits of drones in Australia

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

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Benefits of drones in Australia

Construction industry