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Value added

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

Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in Cairns Regional Council. 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 Regional Council’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 analysis section. 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.

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Value added by industry sector
Cairns - Constant prices2019/202014/15Change
Industry
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$m%Queensland%$m%Queensland%2014/15 to 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing88.51.02.4154.42.13.6-65.9
Mining224.02.616.0141.21.913.1+82.8
Manufacturing450.95.36.8348.94.87.6+102.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services326.13.83.5265.13.63.6+61.0
Construction706.28.38.4703.99.611.5+2.2
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 Assistance1,133.013.29.3822.111.37.5+311.0
Arts and Recreation Services103.11.20.897.41.30.8+5.6
Other Services246.72.92.1221.53.02.3+25.2

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions).

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

Value added by industry sector 2019/20
Value added by industry sector 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.4% Mining, Queensland: 16.0% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 3.5% Construction, Queensland: 8.4% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 4.0% Retail Trade, Queensland: 4.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 2.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 6.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 3.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.3% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.4% Education and Training, Queensland: 5.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 9.3% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 0.8% Other Services, Queensland: 2.1% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 1.0% Mining, Cairns: 2.6% Manufacturing, Cairns: 5.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 3.8% Construction, Cairns: 8.3% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 4.3% Retail Trade, Cairns: 6.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 4.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 8.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 1.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 7.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 3.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 5.7% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 4.4% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 8.4% Education and Training, Cairns: 7.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 13.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 1.2% Other Services, Cairns: 2.9%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

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 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 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%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Mining (2.6% compared to 16.0%)

Change in value added by industry sector, 2014/15 to 2019/20
Change in value added by industry sector, 2014/15 to 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$65.9 million Mining, Cairns: +$82.8 million Manufacturing, Cairns: +$102.0 million Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$61.0 million Construction, Cairns: +$2.2 million Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$81.0 million Retail Trade, Cairns: +$27.5 million Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$71.8 million Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: +$67.6 million Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$31.7 million Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$270.1 million Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$16.3 million Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$108.2 million Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$34.4 million Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +$55.0 million Education and Training, Cairns: +$105.3 million Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$311.0 million Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +$5.6 million Other Services, Cairns: +$25.2 million
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in Cairns increased by 1,249.3 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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