City of Adelaide


In the City of Adelaide, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $2,640 million in 2018/19.

Imports by industry are sales of goods and services from industries located outside the City of Adelaide Plains boundaries to resident households, businesses and other organisations within the area. Imports (domestic) includes all imports from other parts of Australia to the Region.Imports (international) includes the value of all imports to the area from outside Australia.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, import data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Total imports
City of Adelaide2018/192013/14Change
Industry$m%. South Australia$m%. South Australia2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing147.22.42.8168.53.23.7-21.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services233.63.92.6163.03.13.0+70.6
Wholesale Trade329.75.54.0170.63.23.6+159.0
Retail Trade34.40.62.531.70.62.6+2.8
Accommodation and Food Services138.52.33.7117.22.23.4+21.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing575.39.56.2502.39.56.7+73.0
Information Media and Telecommunications283.74.73.7230.24.43.2+53.5
Financial and Insurance Services312.35.210.8283.05.49.0+29.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services188.03.10.8157.73.00.7+30.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services541.39.06.5428.28.16.7+113.2
Administrative and Support Services235.23.92.3242.84.62.1-7.7
Public Administration and Safety54.
Education and Training24.20.42.921.10.43.0+3.1
Health Care and Social Assistance43.
Arts and Recreation Services26.
Other Services130.12.21.4112.52.11.4+17.6
Total industries6,037.9100.0100.05,284.2100.0100.0+753.7

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id informed decisions. Data are based on a 2016-17 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the total imports by industry sectors in the City of Adelaide in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing ($2,640 million or 43.7%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($575 million or 9.5%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services ($541 million or 9.0%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $3,757 million in total or 62.2% of the total imports by industry in the the City of Adelaide.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in South Australia accounted for 29.9% in Manufacturing; 6.2% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 6.5% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between total imports by industries of the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of total imports by Manufacturing (43.7% compared to 29.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Public Administration and Safety (0.9% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Health Care and Social Assistance (0.7% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Financial and Insurance Services (5.2% compared to 10.8%)

Emerging groups

The total total imports by industry in the City of Adelaide increased by $754 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the total imports by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the City of Adelaide were for:

  • Manufacturing (+$345 million)
  • Wholesale Trade (+$159 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$113 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$73 million)

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