Local sales

In Cairns, Construction had the highest local sales, generating $2,418 million in 2021/22.

Local sales by industry measures the output of local industries that is sold locally. This includes sales to local consumers, businesses and other organisations.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, local sales 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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Local sales by industry sector
Cairns - Constant prices2021/222016/17Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing428.33.33.0280.22.42.2+148.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services647.34.94.1558.34.84.0+89.0
Wholesale Trade383.92.93.3401.93.43.6-18.0
Retail Trade755.75.75.0621.15.34.5+134.6
Accommodation and Food Services418.93.22.5263.22.31.9+155.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing683.45.24.5695.26.04.9-11.8
Information Media and Telecommunications203.91.52.3201.11.71.8+2.8
Financial and Insurance Services470.83.65.8548.94.75.6-78.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services704.25.36.2727.36.26.3-23.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services912.06.97.4771.56.67.0+140.5
Administrative and Support Services530.54.03.5493.64.23.3+37.0
Public Administration and Safety1,
Education and Training765.45.84.3653.85.64.4+111.6
Health Care and Social Assistance1,303.59.97.4958.78.26.1+344.8
Arts and Recreation Services195.61.51.0158.51.40.9+37.1
Other Services346.02.62.3309.52.72.3+36.5
Total industries13,175.6100.0100.011,649.8100.0100.0+1,525.8

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2022. ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions) NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. .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 local sales by industry sectors in Cairns in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction ($2,418million or 18.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance ($1,304million or 9.9%)
  • Public Administration and Safety ($1,070million or 8.1%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $4,791 million in total or 36.4% of the total local sales by total industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 20.1% in Construction; 7.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 4.7% in Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between local sales by industries of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local sales by Public Administration and Safety (8.1% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Manufacturing (6.2% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Mining (0.9% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local sales by Health Care and Social Assistance (9.9% compared to 7.4%)

Emerging groups

The total local sales by industry in Cairns $increased by 1,526 million between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the local sales by industries between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in Cairns were for:

  • Construction (+$487 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$345 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$174 million)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+$156 million)

Cairns Regional Council

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