In Cairns, Construction had the highest local sales, generating $1,979 million in 2017/18.
Local sales by industry measures the output of local industries that is sold locally. This includes sales to local consumers, businesses and other organisations.
To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, local sales data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.
Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Local sales by industry sector|
|Cairns - Constant prices||2017/18||2015/16||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||$m||%||Queensland%||$m||%||Queensland%||2015/16 to 2017/18|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||231.8||1.9||2.1||264.8||2.3||2.2||-33.0||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||510.6||4.1||3.6||518.7||4.5||4.0||-8.1||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||250.6||2.0||2.6||201.5||1.7||2.5||+49.1||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||635.2||5.1||4.8||633.6||5.5||4.9||+1.6||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||225.9||1.8||2.1||230.4||2.0||2.2||-4.5||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||600.8||4.9||6.4||581.3||5.0||6.0||+19.4||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||1,961.6||15.9||14.9||1,795.4||15.5||15.0||+166.2||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||790.4||6.4||6.7||737.2||6.4||6.5||+53.2||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||452.5||3.7||3.1||442.0||3.8||3.0||+10.5||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||867.4||7.0||4.4||828.4||7.2||4.2||+39.0||24400||P|
|Education and Training||533.3||4.3||3.5||507.7||4.4||3.6||+25.7||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||851.0||6.9||5.4||741.1||6.4||5.0||+109.9||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||185.4||1.5||0.8||169.4||1.5||0.8||+15.9||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 local sales by industry sectors in Cairns in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:
- Construction (1,979 people or 16.0%)
- Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (1,962 people or 15.9%)
- Public Administration and Safety (867 people or 7.0%)
In combination these three industries accounted for $4,808 million in total or 38.9% of the total local sales by total industry in Cairns.
In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 19.1% in Construction; 14.9% in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; and 4.4% in Public Administration and Safety.
The major differences between local sales by industries in Cairns and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local sales by Public Administration and Safety (7.0% compared to 4.4%)
- A smaller percentage of local sales by Construction (16.0% compared to 19.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local sales by Mining (0.8% compared to 2.7%)
- A smaller percentage of local sales by Financial and Insurance Services (4.9% compared to 6.4%)
The total local sales by industry in Cairns increased by $780.3 million between 2015/16 and 2017/18.
The largest changes in the local sales by industries between 2015/16 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for:
- Construction (+$222 million)
- Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$166 million)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+$110 million)
- Retail Trade (+$55 million)