City of Ballarat

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Ballarat, making up 18.7% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of Ballarat regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the City of Ballarat.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the City of Ballarat in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Ballarat20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5011.12.24080.92.2+93
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4320.91.14501.01.1-18
Wholesale Trade9862.23.21,1092.64.5-123
Retail Trade5,50712.010.25,81813.510.8-311
Accommodation and Food Services3,6107.96.63,1027.26.1+508
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,5073.34.71,4743.44.7+33
Information Media and Telecommunications9562.11.98522.02.0+104
Financial and Insurance Services7531.63.98311.94.1-78
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5431.21.64891.11.4+54
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,3665.27.92,3385.47.8+28
Administrative and Support Services9352.03.49352.23.3--
Public Administration and Safety2,4715.45.32,5095.85.3-38
Education and Training5,06711.18.74,31310.08.0+754
Health Care and Social Assistance8,57818.712.57,20116.711.6+1,377
Arts and Recreation Services9632.11.97871.81.7+176
Other Services1,6653.63.61,5883.73.6+77
Industry not classified1,5713.44.77461.72.4+825
Total persons45,809100.0100.043,007100.0100.0+2,802

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Ballarat in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,578 people or 18.7%)
  • Retail Trade (5,507 people or 12.0%)
  • Education and Training (5,067 people or 11.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 19,152 people in total or 41.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.2% in Retail Trade and 8.7% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Ballarat and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.7% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.2% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (11.1% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.6% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Ballarat were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,377 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-1,173 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+825 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+754 local workers)

City of Ballarat

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