Timely response: The ageing population has caused demand for ambulance services to grow

The Ambulance Services industry provides essential pre-hospital emergency services to Australia’s population. The industry’s various government-funded operators ensure that patients requiring emergency or urgent ambulance attention can receive it quickly. The costs of ambulance services are predominantly covered by government grants and funds, with the remainder covered by ambulance member subscriptions, private health insurance benefits and transport fees. Increased ambulance costs translate into greater industry revenue as state governments make up any shortfall in funding due to the public nature of the service provided.Demand for ambulance services has increased over the past five years, on the back of population growth and Australia’s ageing population...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Population growth has expanded the potential pool of patients for the industry's services
  • Employment has risen as more staff have been required due to the increasing number of incidents
  • Industry employment is likely to grow, to keep up with rising demand for ambulance services
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry for providers of non-emergency services are relatively low compared with the overall industry, but include the cost of infrastructure for a geographically dispersed service, and the existence of contracts with incumbent operators. Many general hospitals have relationships with private operators to provide non-emergency transport. These operators are generally well established and benefit from economies of scale.However, barriers to entry for operators providing emergency services are high. Government funding of existing ambulance services tend to prevent competition from private operators. Regulations in some states prohibit the use of the word ‘ambulance' in a trading name or advertisement. This can act to reduce demand for alternative service providers. Est...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Ambulance Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Ambulance Services are:

  • Successful industrial relations policy
  • Provision of development programs for personnel
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Public health expenditure and Population aged 50 and older in the Ambulance Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Ambulance Services Industry?

    The industry primarily provides ambulance services.

    Industry Products
  • Emergency responses
  • Urgent responses
  • Non-emergency responses
  • Industry Activities
  • Aerial ambulance services
  • Ambulance services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Public health expenditure
  • Population aged 50 and older
  • Number of vehicle accident deaths
  • Private health insurance membership

  • Current Performance
  • Industry participation
  • Public service
  • Population changes
  • User costs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry participation
  • Government initiatives
  • Growing privatisation
  • Population demographics
  • Table: Ambulance Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ambulance Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Health Insurance
  • General Insurance
  • General Hospitals
  • Consumers
  • Aged Care Residential Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Medical and Surgical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Emergency responses
  • Urgent responses
  • Non-emergency responses
  • Chart: Ambulance Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged 45 to 64
  • People aged 25 to 44
  • People aged 24 and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ambulance Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ambulance Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ambulance Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Department of Health & Human Services Victoria, Ministry of Health, Queensland Health, Department for Health and Wellbeing, St John Ambulance Australia WA Ambulance Service Inc,
  • Table: Department of Health & Human Services Victoria - financial performance
  • Table: Ministry of Health - financial performance
  • Table: Queensland Health - financial performance
  • Table: Department for Health and Wellbeing - financial performance
  • Table: St John Ambulance Australia WA Ambulance Service Inc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ambulance Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Ambulance Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    First Aid
  • Basic resuscitation and treatment of an injured or ill person.
  • Paramedic
  • A professional that provides specialist primary care to the injured or sick.
  • Triage
  • The process of assessing and prioritising patients based on the severity of their condition.
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