City of Adelaide


In the City of Adelaide, Financial and Insurance Services had the largest output by industry, generating $6,963 million in 2018/19.

Output by industry is a gross measure of the total sales of each industry sector in the City of Adelaide. It does not measure how productive each industry sector is at producing this output - which is measured by value added.

By comparing the output of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the City of Adelaide’s economy. This can be done by directly comparing the percentage contribution of each industry to the total output, relative to the benchmark, or by using a location quotient, where a number greater than one indicates a high concentration of that industry and less than one indicates a lower concentration.

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

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

The gross measure of output includes the value of all the inputs to each industry.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Output by industry sector
City of Adelaide2018/192013/14Change
Industry$m%. South Australia$m%. South Australia2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing54.00.15.374.00.26.6-20.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,389.56.24.92,
Wholesale Trade616.41.64.2588.41.74.0+28.0
Retail Trade740.11.94.2751.02.24.5-10.9
Accommodation and Food Services1,,
Transport, Postal and Warehousing839.72.24.5746.92.25.5+92.8
Information Media and Telecommunications2,894.77.53.02,
Financial and Insurance Services6,963.318.16.85,925.917.36.6+1,037.4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,712.29.67.93,311.39.77.1+400.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,484.911.75.73,510.110.34.7+974.8
Administrative and Support Services1,,
Public Administration and Safety3,,306.89.75.2-52.1
Education and Training2,,791.35.24.2+340.5
Health Care and Social Assistance3,,
Arts and Recreation Services514.21.30.7543.21.60.8-29.0
Other Services348.40.92.1333.21.02.0+15.2
Total industries38,474.1100.0100.034,158.8100.0100.0+4,315.3

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (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 output by industry sectors in the City of Adelaide in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Financial and Insurance Services ($6,963 million or 18.1%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services ($4,485 million or 11.7%)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($3,712 million or 9.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $15,160 million in total or 39.4% of the total output by total industry in the the City of Adelaide.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in South Australia accounted for 6.8% in Financial and Insurance Services; 5.7% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 7.9% in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.

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

  • A larger percentage of output by Financial and Insurance Services (18.1% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Manufacturing (0.7% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Construction (7.4% compared to 13.9%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (11.7% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The total industry output in the City of Adelaide increased by $4,315 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

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

  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$1,037 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$975 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$917 million)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$776 million)

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