Balonne Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in Balonne Shire, making up 34.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Balonne 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 Balonne 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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Balonne Shire20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing73834.42.672434.42.8+14
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services261.21.2221.01.1+4
Wholesale Trade582.72.3633.02.6-5
Retail Trade1486.99.31909.09.9-42
Accommodation and Food Services1075.07.2864.17.4+21
Transport, Postal and Warehousing683.24.7602.95.1+8
Information Media and Telecommunications000.940.21.2-4
Financial and Insurance Services211.02.5201.02.5+1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services100.51.860.32.0+4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services291.46.7371.86.2-8
Administrative and Support Services401.93.4301.43.5+10
Public Administration and Safety1245.86.11185.66.5+6
Education and Training1858.68.91808.69.0+5
Health Care and Social Assistance26512.415.425512.113.0+10
Arts and Recreation Services130.61.5001.6+13
Other Services683.23.9803.83.9-12
Industry not classified914.24.5874.14.3+4
Total persons2,143100.0100.02,102100.0100.0+41

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 Balonne Shire in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (738 people or 34.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (265 people or 12.4%)
  • Education and Training (185 people or 8.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,188 people in total or 55.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 15.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.9% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Balonne Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (34.4% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.4% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.0% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (2.1% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Balonne Shire were for those employed in:

  • Retail Trade (-42 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+21 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+14 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+13 local workers)

Balonne Shire

economic profile