In Cairns, Transport, Postal and Warehousing had the largest total exports by industry, generating $915 million in 2017/18.
Exports by industry are sales of goods and services to non-resident households, businesses and other organisations, outside Cairns boundaries. Exports (domestic) include all exports from the area to other parts of Australia. Exports (international) includes all exports from the Regional Council to countries outside Australia.
To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, export data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.
Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Total exports by industry sector|
|Cairns - Constant prices||2017/18||2002/03||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||$m||%||Regional QLD%||$m||%||Regional QLD%||2002/03 to 2017/18|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||175.4||3.8||11.3||76.9||3.1||15.5||+98.5||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||247.6||5.3||4.1||128.6||5.1||4.8||+119.0||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||606.2||13.1||5.3||514.0||20.6||6.1||+92.2||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||915.3||19.7||6.8||817.8||32.7||8.5||+97.5||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||21.6||0.5||0.5||9.5||0.4||0.6||+12.1||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||35.7||0.8||1.1||17.1||0.7||0.5||+18.6||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||84.2||1.8||1.0||58.5||2.3||0.7||+25.7||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||55.8||1.2||0.8||20.6||0.8||0.5||+35.3||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||300.2||6.5||2.4||82.5||3.3||0.7||+217.7||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||364.6||7.9||3.2||165.6||6.6||5.3||+199.0||24400||P|
|Education and Training||122.6||2.6||2.2||24.4||1.0||1.8||+98.3||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||317.0||6.8||3.1||17.3||0.7||1.0||+299.8||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||76.1||1.6||1.6||48.6||1.9||2.3||+27.5||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
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 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($915 million or 19.7%)
- Accommodation and Food Services ($606 million or 13.1%)
- Manufacturing ($569 million or 12.3%)
In combination these three industries accounted for $2,091 million in total or 45.1% of the total exports by total industry in Cairns.
In comparison, the same 3 industries in Regional QLD accounted for 6.8% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; 5.3% in Accommodation and Food Services; and 12.9% in Manufacturing.
The major differences between total exports by industries in Cairns and Regional QLD were:
- A larger percentage of total exports by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (19.7% compared to 6.8%)
- A larger percentage of total exports by Accommodation and Food Services (13.1% compared to 5.3%)
- A smaller percentage of total exports by Mining (1.9% compared to 37.0%)
- A smaller percentage of total exports by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (3.8% compared to 11.3%)
The total exports by industries in Cairns increased by $2,139.9 million between 2002/03 and 2017/18.
The largest changes in total exports by industries between 2002/03 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for:
- Manufacturing (+$387 million)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+$300 million)
- Administrative and Support Services (+$218 million)
- Public Administration and Safety (+$199 million)