Bellingen Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Bellingen Shire, making up 15.9% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Bellingen 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 Bellingen 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
Bellingen Shire20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3809.52.03379.32.2+43
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services240.61.0200.60.9+4
Wholesale Trade481.22.9481.33.1--
Retail Trade3839.69.036010.09.7+23
Accommodation and Food Services42510.66.23539.87.1+72
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1283.24.61032.94.7+25
Information Media and Telecommunications350.91.9260.72.2+9
Financial and Insurance Services340.85.3461.35.0-12
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services521.31.7621.71.8-10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2145.38.91594.48.1+55
Administrative and Support Services1082.73.2912.53.5+17
Public Administration and Safety2045.15.81764.95.9+28
Education and Training45811.48.73409.48.3+118
Health Care and Social Assistance63715.914.454015.012.5+97
Arts and Recreation Services641.61.4531.51.5+11
Other Services1323.33.41263.53.7+6
Industry not classified1734.34.61614.54.7+12
Total persons4,010100.0100.03,612100.0100.0+398

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (637 people or 15.9%)
  • Education and Training (458 people or 11.4%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (425 people or 10.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,520 people in total or 37.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.7% in Education and Training and 6.2% in Accommodation and Food Services.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (9.5% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (0.8% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (10.6% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.3% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Education and Training (+118 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+97 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+72 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+55 local workers)

Bellingen Shire

economic profile