In Cairns, Construction had the largest output by industry, generating $2,674 million in 2019/20.

Output by industry is a gross measure of the total sales of each industry sector in Cairns. It does not measure how productive each industry sector is at producing this output - which is measured by value added.

By comparing the output of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Cairns’s economy. This can be done by directly comparing the percentage contribution of each industry to the total output, relative to the benchmark, or by using a location quotient, where a number greater than one indicates a high concentration of that industry and less than one indicates a lower concentration.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, output data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.

Detailed data notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

The gross measure of output includes the value of all the inputs to each industry.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Output by industry sector
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing252.41.33.0410.82.64.3-158.4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services879.64.54.1644.44.13.6+235.3
Wholesale Trade737.73.83.5562.03.53.6+175.7
Retail Trade927.14.73.7838.95.33.7+88.2
Accommodation and Food Services865.14.42.7883.65.62.7-18.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,114.410.86.81,714.010.86.3+400.4
Information Media and Telecommunications295.01.51.9175.01.11.4+120.1
Financial and Insurance Services1,
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,606.08.28.01,493.89.48.0+112.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services963.74.95.4774.34.95.5+189.5
Administrative and Support Services683.23.52.6621.13.92.6+62.1
Public Administration and Safety1,,
Education and Training907.74.63.7693.24.43.5+214.6
Health Care and Social Assistance1,776.89.16.21,
Arts and Recreation Services303.91.61.1274.51.71.0+29.4
Other Services496.42.51.9418.72.61.9+77.8
Total industries19,565.1100.0100.015,876.3100.0100.0+3,688.7

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2018-19 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 output by industry sectors in Cairns in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction ($2,674 million or 13.7%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($2,114 million or 10.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance ($1,777 million or 9.1%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $6,565 million in total or 33.6% of the total output by total industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 13.7% in Construction; 6.8% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 6.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A smaller percentage of output by Mining (1.8% compared to 11.6%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (10.8% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Manufacturing (7.5% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Health Care and Social Assistance (9.1% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The total industry output in Cairns increased by $3,689 million between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$617 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$505 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$400 million)
  • Construction (+$396 million)

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