Local sales

In Cairns, Construction had the highest local sales, generating $2,424 million in 2020/21.

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 prices2020/212015/16Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing282.72.12.3280.32.32.2+2.4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services489.63.63.4471.83.93.7+17.8
Wholesale Trade415.53.03.6359.62.93.3+55.9
Retail Trade710.45.24.6604.24.94.2+106.2
Accommodation and Food Services434.23.22.6345.22.82.6+89.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing701.25.14.9678.25.54.9+23.0
Information Media and Telecommunications165.71.22.0184.81.51.8-19.1
Financial and Insurance Services653.44.86.2587.54.86.0+65.9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,421.910.411.51,538.912.612.3-117.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services905.66.67.3789.66.56.6+116.1
Administrative and Support Services513.83.83.2526.74.33.3-12.8
Public Administration and Safety1,
Education and Training717.05.24.2597.14.94.1+119.9
Health Care and Social Assistance1,312.79.67.6940.37.76.1+372.3
Arts and Recreation Services212.81.61.1190.91.61.0+21.9
Other Services381.52.82.6344.62.82.5+36.9
Total industries13,700.7100.0100.012,227.2100.0100.0+1,473.5

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 2017-18 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 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction ($2,424million or 17.7%)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($1,422million or 10.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance ($1,313million or 9.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $5,159 million in total or 37.7% of the total local sales by total industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 18.7% in Construction; 11.5% in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services and 7.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of local sales by Public Administration and Safety (7.5% compared to 4.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local sales by Health Care and Social Assistance (9.6% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Manufacturing (5.9% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Financial and Insurance Services (4.8% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The total local sales by industry in Cairns $increased by 1,474 million between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the local sales by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Cairns were for:

  • Construction (+$485 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$372 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$156 million)
  • Education and Training (+$120 million)

Cairns Regional Council

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