Value added

In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance most productive industry, generating $1,307 million in 2021/22.

Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in Cairns. It shows how productive each industry sector is at increasing the value of its inputs. It is a more refined measure of the productivity of an industry sector than output (total gross revenue), as some industries have high levels of output but require large amounts of input expenditure to achieve that.

By comparing the value added 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 see what contribution each industry makes to the state or region, see the Industry sector analysissection. To understand the value of a worker in each industry, view this dataset in conjunction with Worker productivity data, and to see the relationship of value added to the total size of the economy, go to the Gross Regional Product 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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Value added by industry sector
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing223.62.64.1204.92.63.7+18.7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services361.54.23.4302.73.83.6+58.7
Wholesale Trade299.73.53.9277.63.54.0+22.1
Retail Trade604.07.05.6528.86.65.5+75.2
Accommodation and Food Services372.74.32.8417.45.23.0-44.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing662.07.76.2908.811.37.1-246.9
Information Media and Telecommunications120.11.41.6108.31.41.4+11.7
Financial and Insurance Services339.84.06.5409.55.16.7-69.7
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services277.73.23.5279.93.53.4-2.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services563.26.67.9450.95.67.0+112.3
Administrative and Support Services375.64.44.0408.75.13.7-33.0
Public Administration and Safety823.39.66.5710.08.96.2+113.3
Education and Training672.87.86.0592.67.46.3+80.2
Health Care and Social Assistance1,307.415.210.2916.211.48.4+391.2
Arts and Recreation Services95.
Other Services279.83.32.4226.62.82.4+53.2
Total industries8,596.5100.0100.08,020.1100.0100.0+576.4

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the valued added by industry sectors in Cairns in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,307 million or 15.2%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (823 million or 9.6%)
  • Construction (722 million or 8.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 2,853 million in total or 33.2% of the total value added by industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 10.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 6.5% in Public Administration and Safety and 9.0% in Construction.

The major differences between the value added by industries of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of value added by Mining (1.5% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Health Care and Social Assistance (15.2% compared to 10.2%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Public Administration and Safety (9.6% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Manufacturing (4.2% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in Cairns $increased by 576 million between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in Cairns were for:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$391 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$113 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$112 million)
  • Construction (+$108 million)

Cairns Regional Council

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