Local sales

In Cairns, Construction had the highest local sales, generating $2,691 million in 2022/23.

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 prices2022/232016/17Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2016/17 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing339.62.21.9283.82.21.9+55.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services719.14.74.1578.64.43.8+140.5
Wholesale Trade450.03.03.4429.73.33.5+20.3
Retail Trade751.64.94.3712.25.54.4+39.3
Accommodation and Food Services572.83.83.0511.93.92.9+61.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,482.19.76.9821.36.35.2+660.9
Information Media and Telecommunications253.61.72.3162.61.21.5+91.1
Financial and Insurance Services475.53.15.3506.43.94.9-30.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services992.56.56.71,
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services891.35.86.8835.06.46.4+56.3
Administrative and Support Services712.14.73.6524.04.03.2+188.1
Public Administration and Safety1,
Education and Training696.64.63.7541.44.23.2+155.1
Health Care and Social Assistance1,438.29.47.41,
Arts and Recreation Services210.61.41.0216.91.71.0-6.3
Other Services416.32.72.5387.13.02.4+29.2
Total industries15,249.7100.0100.013,021.8100.0100.0+2,227.8

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. ©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 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction ($2,691million or 17.6%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($1,482million or 9.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance ($1,438million or 9.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $5,612 million in total or 36.8% of the total local sales by total industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 20.2% in Construction; 6.9% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 7.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Mining (0.8% compared to 5.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local sales by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (9.7% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local sales by Public Administration and Safety (6.9% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Construction (17.6% compared to 20.2%)

Emerging groups

The total local sales by industry in Cairns $increased by 2,228 million between 2016/17 and 2022/23.

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

  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$661 million)
  • Construction (+$418 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$395 million)
  • Mining (-$275 million)

Cairns Regional Council

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