City of Adelaide

Value added

In the City of Adelaide, Financial and Insurance Services most productive industry, generating $4,035 million in 2019/20.

Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in the City of Adelaide. It shows how productive each industry sector is at increasing the value of its inputs. It is a more refined measure of the productivity of an industry sector than output (total gross revenue), as some industries have high levels of output but require large amounts of input expenditure to achieve that.

By comparing the value added 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 see what contribution each industry makes to the state or region, see the Industry sector analysissection. To understand the value of a worker in each industry, view this dataset in conjunction with Worker productivity data, and to see the relationship of value added to the total size of the economy, go to the Gross Regional Product 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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Value added by industry sector
City of Adelaide2019/202012/13Change
Industry$m%. South Australia$m%. South Australia2012/13 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing14.
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,,
Wholesale Trade395.32.04.8358.62.05.2+36.7
Retail Trade497.32.65.7427.32.45.3+70.0
Accommodation and Food Services544.12.82.7535.83.03.0+8.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing325.91.74.5366.62.15.0-40.7
Information Media and Telecommunications1,
Financial and Insurance Services4,034.620.89.03,524.220.08.6+510.4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services666.83.42.8622.93.52.7+43.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,250.711.66.22,033.511.55.7+217.3
Administrative and Support Services733.13.83.3695.83.93.4+37.3
Public Administration and Safety2,486.312.87.21,903.010.86.5+583.4
Education and Training1,480.47.66.91,487.58.47.1-7.1
Health Care and Social Assistance2,085.910.812.31,598.49.19.4+487.5
Arts and Recreation Services255.81.30.8274.41.60.8-18.6
Other Services207.51.12.3212.41.22.4-4.8
Total industries19,374.3100.0100.017,660.1100.0100.0+1,714.2

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the valued added by industry sectors in the City of Adelaide in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Financial and Insurance Services (4,035 million or 20.8%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (2,486 million or 12.8%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2,251 million or 11.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 8,772 million in total or 45.3% of the total value added by industry in the the City of Adelaide.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in South Australia accounted for 9.0% in Financial and Insurance Services; 7.2% in Public Administration and Safety and 6.2% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

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

  • A larger percentage of value added by Financial and Insurance Services (20.8% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Manufacturing (0.6% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Public Administration and Safety (12.8% compared to 7.2%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (11.6% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in the City of Adelaide $increased by 1,714 million between 2012/13 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2012/13 and 2019/20 in the City of Adelaide were for:

  • Public Administration and Safety (+$583 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$510 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$488 million)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$270 million)

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