Ballina Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Ballina Shire, making up 17.0% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Ballina Shire 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 Ballina Shire.

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, Ballina Shire 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
Ballina Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8225.52.27195.02.2+103
Mining610.40.9440.31.0+17
Manufacturing7204.85.98505.98.5-130
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1220.80.91190.81.1+3
Construction1,1928.08.41,1898.27.3+3
Wholesale Trade2661.83.14062.84.5-140
Retail Trade1,88412.69.72,10214.610.4-218
Accommodation and Food Services1,3569.17.11,3889.66.7-32
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4613.14.74252.95.0+36
Information Media and Telecommunications1290.92.21661.12.3-37
Financial and Insurance Services2922.05.03182.25.1-26
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2901.91.82751.91.6+15
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8255.58.17745.47.9+51
Administrative and Support Services4022.73.53422.43.3+60
Public Administration and Safety7595.15.97785.45.9-19
Education and Training1,51110.18.31,3899.67.9+122
Health Care and Social Assistance2,53517.012.52,15714.911.6+378
Arts and Recreation Services1881.31.52041.41.5-16
Other Services5333.63.75333.73.8--
Industry not classified5883.94.72561.82.5+332
Total persons14,936100.0100.014,445100.0100.0+491

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,535 people or 17.0%)
  • Retail Trade (1,884 people or 12.6%)
  • Education and Training (1,511 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,930 people in total or 39.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 8.3% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.0% compared to 12.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (5.5% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.0% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (12.6% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Ballina Shire were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+378 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+332 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-218 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-140 local workers)

Ballina Shire Council

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