Value added

In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance most productive industry, generating $1,300 million in 2022/23.

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%. Queensland2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing263.12.73.6203.62.33.2+59.4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services306.73.12.8311.23.52.9-4.6
Wholesale Trade317.73.23.8302.03.43.4+15.7
Retail Trade621.76.34.6574.26.54.5+47.4
Accommodation and Food Services512.85.22.8492.35.62.6+20.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,046.610.65.9885.710.06.1+160.9
Information Media and Telecommunications106.41.11.578.70.91.3+27.7
Financial and Insurance Services343.23.55.6340.33.85.3+2.9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services370.63.73.2345.43.92.9+25.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services556.85.66.8450.05.16.1+106.8
Administrative and Support Services607.66.13.5431.24.93.4+176.4
Public Administration and Safety932.79.45.7739.78.45.2+193.0
Education and Training645.86.55.2589.26.75.2+56.7
Health Care and Social Assistance1,300.513.19.41,
Arts and Recreation Services98.21.00.8105.01.20.7-6.8
Other Services353.23.62.2281.43.22.0+71.8
Total industries9,892.9100.0100.08,848.6100.0100.0+1,044.2

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 (1,300 million or 13.1%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1,047 million or 10.6%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (933 million or 9.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 3,280 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 9.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 5.9% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 5.7% in Public Administration and Safety.

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

  • A smaller percentage of value added by Mining (3.6% compared to 18.5%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (10.6% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Health Care and Social Assistance (13.1% compared to 9.4%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Public Administration and Safety (9.4% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in Cairns $increased by 1,044 million between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2017/18 and 2022/23 in Cairns were for:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$267 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$193 million)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+$176 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$161 million)

Cairns Regional Council

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