In Cairns, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $2,464 million in 2017/18.
Imports by industry are sales of goods and services from industries located outside the Cairns boundaries to resident households, businesses and other organisations within the area. Imports (domestic) includes all imports from other parts of Australia to the Regional Council.Imports (international) includes the value of all imports to the area from outside Australia.
To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, import data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.
Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Total imports by industry sector|
|Cairns - Constant prices||2017/18||2012/13||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||$m||%||Far North Queensland%||$m||%||Far North Queensland%||2012/13 to 2017/18|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||58.3||1.1||1.2||68.5||1.2||1.8||-10.2||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||194.0||3.5||3.0||169.1||3.0||3.0||+25.0||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||109.3||2.0||3.2||105.4||1.9||2.6||+3.9||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||278.8||5.0||6.3||364.6||6.5||7.7||-85.8||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||272.4||4.9||4.2||297.4||5.3||4.2||-25.0||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||725.2||13.1||11.1||698.2||12.4||9.8||+27.1||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||48.7||0.9||0.7||24.2||0.4||0.4||+24.5||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||372.0||6.7||6.9||313.1||5.5||7.0||+58.9||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||65.2||1.2||0.8||61.2||1.1||1.1||+4.0||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||106.9||1.9||2.6||103.8||1.8||3.0||+3.1||24400||P|
|Education and Training||74.2||1.3||2.4||75.0||1.3||2.2||-0.7||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||175.8||3.2||5.2||184.2||3.3||3.5||-8.4||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||44.3||0.8||2.0||40.7||0.7||1.5||+3.7||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 imports by industry sectors in Cairns in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:
- Manufacturing ($2,464 million or 44.4%)
- Financial and Insurance Services ($725 million or 13.1%)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services ($372 million or 6.7%)
In combination these three industries accounted for $3,561 million in total or 64.2% of the total imports by total industry in Cairns.
In comparison, the same 3 industries in Far North Queensland accounted for 37.5% in Manufacturing; 11.1% in Financial and Insurance Services; and 6.9% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
The major differences between total imports by industries in Cairns and Far North Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of total imports by Manufacturing (44.4% compared to 37.5%)
- A larger percentage of total imports by Financial and Insurance Services (13.1% compared to 11.1%)
- A smaller percentage of total imports by Health Care and Social Assistance (3.2% compared to 5.2%)
- A smaller percentage of total imports by Retail Trade (1.1% compared to 2.5%)
The total imports by industries in Cairns decreased by $98.2 million between 2012/13 and 2017/18.
The largest changes in the total imports by industries between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for:
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-$86 million)
- Manufacturing (-$83 million)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$59 million)