Shire of Ashburton

Employment self-sufficiency

In 2021, 24.3% of the Shire of Ashburton’s local workers were residents.

Self-sufficiency measures the proportion of local workers in the local area who also live in the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the level at which the resident workers meet the labour requirements of the local industries or businesses.

Self-sufficiency is likely to be higher for regional areas, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-sufficiency data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Workers place of residence data to see how far workers are travelling to access employment in the area, as well as Worker productivity and Local workers income and Local workers hours worked data to look at the value of local workers contributions. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

  • Industry
  • Occupations
Employment self-sufficiency by Industry
Shire of Ashburton20212016Change
IndustryTotal local workersLocal workers living in the region% of local workers living in the regionTotal local workersLocal workers living in the region% of local workers living in the region2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing605083.31016564.4+19.0%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services942021.32987424.8-3.6%
Wholesale Trade1474631.3894146.1-14.8%
Retail Trade11110897.313812489.9+7.4%
Accommodation and Food Services74218725.294336438.6-13.4%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2419639.849120140.9-1.1%
Information Media and Telecommunications33100.088100.0--%
Financial and Insurance Services33100.0141178.6+21.4%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1423826.8945154.3-27.5%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1742413.81,75869339.4-25.6%
Administrative and Support Services35111833.652520338.7-5.0%
Public Administration and Safety19515378.522117679.6-1.2%
Education and Training25124898.821721498.6+0.2%
Health Care and Social Assistance16814586.316412274.4+11.9%
Arts and Recreation Services77100.0141178.6+21.4%
Other Services1215646.32129243.4+2.9%
Industry not classified42112730.21,02631230.4-0.2%
Total Industries13,6523,32424.323,3597,42931.8-7.5%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021 Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions).

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Shire of Ashburton

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