City of Adelaide


In the City of Adelaide, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $2,422 million in 2019/20.

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 Adelaide2019/202001/02Change
Industry$m%. South Australia$m%. South Australia2001/02 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing163.52.83.4147.04.35.2+16.6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services324.85.52.8117.23.44.2+207.6
Wholesale Trade266.54.53.5186.95.53.9+79.7
Retail Trade27.70.51.917.20.51.9+10.5
Accommodation and Food Services133.62.33.484.42.54.0+49.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing719.212.16.4279.68.26.7+439.6
Information Media and Telecommunications259.94.43.7107.03.12.9+152.9
Financial and Insurance Services314.05.310.4158.54.77.3+155.6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services175.93.00.878.12.30.6+97.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services454.27.76.6255.37.57.0+198.8
Administrative and Support Services219.13.72.0240.07.11.9-20.9
Public Administration and Safety81.51.47.742.91.39.2+38.7
Education and Training29.40.53.313.50.43.1+16.0
Health Care and Social Assistance51.
Arts and Recreation Services33.10.61.912.90.41.9+20.2
Other Services136.12.31.1121.03.61.1+15.1
Total industries5,932.4100.0100.03,403.1100.0100.0+2,529.3

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 ($2,422 million or 40.8%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($719 million or 12.1%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services ($454 million or 7.7%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $3,595 million in total or 60.6% of the total imports by industry in the the City of Adelaide.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in South Australia accounted for 30.0% in Manufacturing; 6.4% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 6.6% 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 (40.8% compared to 30.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Health Care and Social Assistance (0.9% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Public Administration and Safety (1.4% compared to 7.7%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (12.1% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The total total imports by industry in the City of Adelaide increased by $2,529 million between 2001/02 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the total imports by industries between 2001/02 and 2019/20 in the City of Adelaide were for:

  • Manufacturing (+$1,061 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$440 million)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$208 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$199 million)

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