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Local sales

In Cairns, Construction had the highest local sales, generating $2,674 million in 2019/20.

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 prices2019/202014/15Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing181.61.31.5236.72.02.4-55.2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services734.55.24.6501.74.23.9+232.8
Wholesale Trade417.22.93.3345.12.93.3+72.1
Retail Trade660.74.74.2579.74.94.1+81.0
Accommodation and Food Services401.22.82.6360.73.02.5+40.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing783.25.55.3640.65.44.8+142.5
Information Media and Telecommunications264.01.92.3156.11.31.7+107.8
Financial and Insurance Services712.25.06.1524.04.45.7+188.2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,500.110.611.61,404.311.811.4+95.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services881.66.26.7699.95.96.1+181.7
Administrative and Support Services598.14.23.3531.04.53.4+67.1
Public Administration and Safety1,
Education and Training712.55.04.0548.84.63.7+163.7
Health Care and Social Assistance1,
Arts and Recreation Services207.51.51.0174.51.50.9+33.0
Other Services354.12.52.2296.42.52.2+57.7
Total industries14,171.6100.0100.011,866.8100.0100.0+2,304.8

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 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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the local sales by industry sectors in Cairns in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction ($2,674million or 18.9%)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($1,500million or 10.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance ($1,215million or 8.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $5,388 million in total or 38.0% of the total local sales by total industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 20.6% in Construction; 11.6% in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services and 7.2% 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 (7.1% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Manufacturing (5.5% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Construction (18.9% compared to 20.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local sales by Health Care and Social Assistance (8.6% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

The total local sales by industry in Cairns $increased by 2,305 million between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the local sales by industries between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in Cairns were for:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$400 million)
  • Construction (+$396 million)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$233 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$188 million)

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