Bundaberg Regional Council

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Bundaberg Regional Council, making up 20.3% of total employment.

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

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
Bundaberg Regional Council20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,82410.72.63,21510.32.8+609
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3481.01.22910.91.1+57
Wholesale Trade6521.82.36512.12.6+1
Retail Trade3,95711.09.33,88012.49.9+77
Accommodation and Food Services2,4987.07.22,2997.37.4+199
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1203.14.71,1203.65.1--
Information Media and Telecommunications1590.40.92470.81.2-88
Financial and Insurance Services5381.52.55051.62.5+33
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4601.31.84781.52.0-18
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,1103.16.71,0523.46.2+58
Administrative and Support Services9032.53.48692.83.5+34
Public Administration and Safety1,7414.96.11,5615.06.5+180
Education and Training3,2108.98.92,9469.49.0+264
Health Care and Social Assistance7,28720.315.45,38217.213.0+1,905
Arts and Recreation Services3220.91.52750.91.6+47
Other Services1,3813.83.91,2123.93.9+169
Industry not classified1,6164.54.51,2984.14.3+318
Total persons35,888100.0100.031,339100.0100.0+4,549

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 Bundaberg Regional Council in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,287 people or 20.3%)
  • Retail Trade (3,957 people or 11.0%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (3,824 people or 10.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 15,068 people in total or 42.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 15.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.3% in Retail Trade and 2.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (10.7% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (20.3% compared to 15.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.1% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (6.3% compared to 9.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Bundaberg Regional Council were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,905 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+609 local workers)
  • Construction (+387 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+318 local workers)

Bundaberg Regional Council

economic profile