Value added

In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance most productive industry, generating $1,133 million in 2019/20.

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%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing88.51.02.4154.42.13.6-65.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services326.13.83.5265.13.63.6+61.0
Wholesale Trade368.54.34.0287.53.94.1+81.0
Retail Trade541.96.34.9514.47.05.1+27.5
Accommodation and Food Services380.74.52.7452.56.23.1-71.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing731.98.65.6664.39.15.6+67.6
Information Media and Telecommunications109.01.31.677.31.11.4+31.7
Financial and Insurance Services660.47.76.9390.45.36.5+270.1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services281.13.33.3264.83.63.2+16.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services490.15.76.3381.95.26.2+108.2
Administrative and Support Services376.24.43.3341.84.73.2+34.4
Public Administration and Safety718.98.46.4663.99.15.9+55.0
Education and Training616.57.25.7511.27.05.7+105.3
Health Care and Social Assistance1,
Arts and Recreation Services103.11.20.897.41.30.8+5.6
Other Services246.72.92.1221.53.02.3+25.2
Total industries8,553.6100.0100.07,304.3100.0100.0+1,249.3

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,133 million or 13.2%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (732 million or 8.6%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (719 million or 8.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 2,584 million in total or 30.2% of the total value added by industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 9.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 5.6% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 6.4% 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 (2.6% compared to 16.0%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Health Care and Social Assistance (13.2% compared to 9.3%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (8.6% compared to 5.6%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Public Administration and Safety (8.4% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in Cairns $increased by 1,249 million between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$311 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$270 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$108 million)
  • Education and Training (+$105 million)

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