In Cairns, Transport, Postal and Warehousing had the largest total exports by industry, generating $2,454 million in 2022/23.

Exports by industry are sales of goods and services to non-resident households, businesses and other organisations, outside Cairns boundaries. Exports (domestic) include all exports from the area to other parts of Australia. Exports (international) includes all exports from the Region to countries outside Australia.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, export data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Total exports by industry sector
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2016/17 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing281.34.37.8161.03.06.2+120.2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services220.63.33.5200.83.82.9+19.8
Wholesale Trade133.72.03.2197.63.72.9-64.0
Retail Trade280.64.32.3236.54.51.8+44.1
Accommodation and Food Services400.36.11.9466.98.81.8-66.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,453.837.29.61,437.027.28.9+1,016.9
Information Media and Telecommunications21.70.30.822.60.40.7-0.8
Financial and Insurance Services46.20.73.352.91.02.9-6.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services146.32.20.838.10.70.4+108.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services86.61.33.388.71.73.4-2.1
Administrative and Support Services299.24.51.3205.13.91.3+94.1
Public Administration and Safety527.88.05.3296.95.64.1+230.9
Education and Training216.13.33.0299.45.74.0-83.3
Health Care and Social Assistance455.76.94.4379.97.23.1+75.8
Arts and Recreation Services25.20.40.856.41.10.7-31.1
Other Services320.34.91.8175.93.31.2+144.5
Total industries6,597.2100.0100.05,288.9100.0100.0+1,308.3

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2020/21 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the total exports by industry sectors in Cairns in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (2,454 million or 37.2%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (528 million or 8.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (456 million or 6.9%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 3,437 million in total or 52.1% of the total exports by industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 9.6% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; 5.3% in Public Administration and Safety and 4.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the total exports by industries of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of total exports by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (37.2% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of total exports by Mining (4.3% compared to 31.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of total exports by Manufacturing (6.0% compared to 15.2%)
  • A larger percentage of total exports by Accommodation and Food Services (6.1% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

The total total exports by industry in Cairns $increased by 1,308 million between 2016/17 and 2022/23.

The largest changes in the total exports by industries between 2016/17 and 2022/23 in Cairns were for:

  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$1,017 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$231 million)
  • Other Services (+$144 million)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+$120 million)

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