In Cairns, Transport, Postal and Warehousing had the largest total exports by industry, generating $1,331 million in 2019/20.
Exports by industry are sales of goods and services to non-resident households, businesses and other organisations, outside Cairns boundaries. Exports (domestic) include all exports from the area to other parts of Australia. Exports (international) includes all exports from the Regional Council to countries outside Australia.
To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, export data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.
Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Total exports by industry sector|
|Cairns - Constant prices||2019/20||2013/14||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||$m||%||Queensland%||$m||%||Queensland%||2013/14 to 2019/20|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||70.8||1.3||5.8||158.3||3.7||8.0||-87.5||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||145.2||2.7||3.0||153.4||3.6||3.2||-8.2||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||463.9||8.5||2.9||586.0||13.7||3.5||-122.1||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||1,331.2||24.5||9.8||1,287.8||30.1||10.3||+43.4||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||31.1||0.6||1.0||18.6||0.4||0.7||+12.4||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||357.9||6.6||2.9||40.2||0.9||2.6||+317.7||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||128.2||2.4||1.2||98.8||2.3||1.0||+29.4||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||82.2||1.5||3.0||74.3||1.7||4.0||+7.8||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||85.1||1.6||1.1||79.5||1.9||1.0||+5.6||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||173.5||3.2||4.7||297.2||7.0||5.4||-123.7||24400||P|
|Education and Training||195.2||3.6||3.1||122.7||2.9||2.8||+72.6||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||562.3||10.4||4.3||247.9||5.8||2.5||+314.3||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||96.4||1.8||1.1||106.0||2.5||1.3||-9.7||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window)(informed decisions).
Data are based on a 2016-17 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
An analysis of the total exports by industry sectors in Cairns in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($1,331 million or 24.5%)
- Manufacturing ($694 million or 12.8%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance ($562 million or 10.4%)
In combination these three industries accounted for $2,588 million in total or 47.7% of the total exports by total industry in Cairns.
In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 9.8% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; 16.2% in Manufacturing; and 4.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance.
The major differences between total exports by industries in Cairns and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of total exports by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (24.5% compared to 9.8%)
- A larger percentage of total exports by Health Care and Social Assistance (10.4% compared to 4.3%)
- A larger percentage of total exports by Accommodation and Food Services (8.5% compared to 2.9%)
- A smaller percentage of total exports by Mining (5.0% compared to 31.9%)
The total exports by industries in Cairns increased by $1,157.0 million between 2013/14 and 2019/20.
The largest changes in total exports by industries between 2013/14 and 2019/20 in Cairns were for:
- Manufacturing (+$371 million)
- Financial and Insurance Services (+$318 million)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+$314 million)
- Mining (+$216 million)