Musical instrument sales

Imports of musical instruments have dropped back to 2004 levels, with weakened domestic sales

Information received from the Australian Music Association (AMA) based on ABS data shows declining instrument imports in 2011, after periods of solid growth in the 2000s across most categories of instruments.

According to the AMA, unit imports fell 13 percent to 1.876 million items in 2011.

In addition to a contraction in spending, the AMA suggests that significant volumes of goods are being imported directly from overseas suppliers by Australian consumers. Key factors behind this change in behaviour include the high Australian dollar, wider range and availability from international vendors, no Goods and Services Tax (GST) and competitive international freight costs.

Professional audio equipment, guitars and amps, and keyboards and pianos continue to make up the majority of the musical instrument market.