City of Ballarat

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Ballarat, making up 21.0% 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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Ballarat20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6691.22.15011.12.2+168
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5311.01.14320.91.1+99
Wholesale Trade1,0151.92.89862.23.2+29
Retail Trade5,84110.89.45,50712.010.2+334
Accommodation and Food Services4,0227.56.23,6107.96.6+412
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,8163.44.71,5073.34.7+309
Information Media and Telecommunications7271.31.69562.11.9-229
Financial and Insurance Services7641.44.17531.63.9+11
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6201.11.55431.21.6+77
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,6144.88.42,3665.27.9+248
Administrative and Support Services1,2462.33.19352.03.4+311
Public Administration and Safety3,0065.65.62,4715.45.3+535
Education and Training5,83310.88.85,06711.18.7+766
Health Care and Social Assistance11,34621.014.18,57818.712.5+2,768
Arts and Recreation Services1,0592.01.79632.11.9+96
Other Services1,9163.53.51,6653.63.6+251
Industry not classified1,8013.34.61,5713.44.7+230
Total persons53,983100.0100.045,809100.0100.0+8,174

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. 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 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (11,346 people or 21.0%)
  • Retail Trade (5,841 people or 10.8%)
  • Education and Training (5,833 people or 10.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 23,020 people in total or 42.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 14.1% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.4% in Retail Trade and 8.8% 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 (21.0% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.8% compared to 8.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.4% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (10.8% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Ballarat were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,768 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,386 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+766 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+535 local workers)

City of Ballarat

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