In Cairns, Construction had the largest output by industry, generating $2,496 million in 2018/19.
Output by industry is a gross measure of the total sales of each industry sector in Cairns. It does not measure how productive each industry sector is at producing this output - which is measured by value added.
By comparing the output of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Cairns’s economy. This can be done by directly comparing the percentage contribution of each industry to the total output, relative to the benchmark, or by using a location quotient, where a number greater than one indicates a high concentration of that industry and less than one indicates a lower concentration.
To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, output data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.
Detailed data notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
The gross measure of output includes the value of all the inputs to each industry.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Output by industry sector|
|Cairns - Constant prices||2018/19||2013/14||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||$m||%||Queensland%||$m||%||Queensland%||2013/14 to 2018/19|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||429.3||2.4||3.9||389.8||2.4||3.5||+39.5||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||868.7||4.9||4.0||655.8||4.1||3.7||+212.9||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||866.9||4.9||3.0||904.2||5.7||2.8||-37.3||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||1,523.4||8.6||5.9||1,974.8||12.3||6.6||-451.4||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||213.0||1.2||1.6||174.0||1.1||1.5||+39.0||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||785.1||4.5||5.5||517.3||3.2||4.4||+267.7||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||2,036.3||11.5||8.8||1,516.8||9.5||8.3||+519.5||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||814.3||4.6||5.8||724.6||4.5||5.2||+89.7||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||649.7||3.7||3.1||597.8||3.7||2.6||+51.9||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||1,044.5||5.9||4.3||1,140.8||7.1||4.5||-96.3||24400||P|
|Education and Training||690.8||3.9||3.9||655.3||4.1||3.3||+35.5||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||1,415.8||8.0||6.1||979.1||6.1||4.0||+436.7||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||267.4||1.5||1.0||266.2||1.7||1.0||+1.2||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2019. 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 output by industry sectors in Cairns in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:
- Construction (2,496 million or 14.2%)
- Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (2,036 million or 11.5%)
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1,523 million or 8.6%)
In combination these three industries accounted for $6,056 million in total or 34.3% of the total output by total industry in Cairns.
In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 13.7% in Construction; 8.8% in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; and 5.9% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
The major differences between output by industries in Cairns and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of output by Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (11.5% compared to 8.8%)
- A larger percentage of output by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (8.6% compared to 5.9%)
- A smaller percentage of output by Mining (1.9% compared to 10.5%)
- A smaller percentage of output by Manufacturing (7.8% compared to 10.1%)
The total industry output in Cairns increased by $1,636.7 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.
The largest changes in the output by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for:
- Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$520 million)
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-$451 million)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+$437 million)
- Manufacturing (+$320 million)