In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance is the most productive industry, generating $897 million in 2017/18.
Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in Cairns. It shows how productive each industry sector is at increasing the value of its inputs. It is a more refined measure of the productivity of an industry sector than output (total gross revenue), as some industries have high levels of output but require large amounts of input expenditure to achieve that.
By comparing the value added of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Cairns’s economy. This can be done by directly comparing the percentage contribution of each industry to the total output, relative to the benchmark, or by using a location quotient, where a number greater than one indicates a high concentration of that industry and less than one indicates a lower concentration.
To see what contribution each industry makes to the state or region, see the Industry sector analysis section. To understand the value of a worker in each industry, view this dataset in conjunction with Worker productivity data, and to see the relationship of value added to the total size of the economy, go to the Gross Regional Product section.
Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Value added by industry sector|
|Cairns - Constant prices||2017/18||2013/14||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||$m||%||Queensland%||$m||%||Queensland%||2013/14 to 2017/18|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||182.0||2.4||3.6||178.7||2.6||3.9||+3.3||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||264.9||3.5||3.5||226.1||3.2||3.5||+38.8||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||410.0||5.4||3.1||410.9||5.9||3.2||-0.9||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||552.6||7.3||5.5||776.5||11.1||6.8||-223.9||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||111.1||1.5||1.8||81.8||1.2||1.7||+29.4||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||422.4||5.6||7.8||346.8||5.0||6.8||+75.6||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||301.1||4.0||3.7||247.6||3.5||3.4||+53.5||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||426.9||5.7||7.0||372.2||5.3||6.6||+54.7||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||423.1||5.6||3.7||303.8||4.3||3.3||+119.4||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||723.0||9.6||6.8||655.5||9.4||6.4||+67.5||24400||P|
|Education and Training||471.5||6.3||5.9||463.9||6.6||6.0||+7.5||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||897.1||11.9||9.2||698.5||10.0||7.4||+198.6||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||105.8||1.4||1.0||86.2||1.2||0.9||+19.5||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. 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 valued added by industry sectors in Cairns in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:
- Health Care and Social Assistance ($897 million or 11.9%)
- Public Administration and Safety ($723 million or 9.6%)
- Construction ($595 million or 7.9%)
In combination these three industries accounted for $2,215 million in total or 29.4% of the total value added by industry in Cairns.
In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 9.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 6.8% in Public Administration and Safety; and 9.5% in Construction.
The major differences between the value added by industries of Cairns and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of value added by Public Administration and Safety (9.6% compared to 6.8%)
- A larger percentage of value added by Health Care and Social Assistance (11.9% compared to 9.2%)
- A larger percentage of value added by Accommodation and Food Services (5.4% compared to 3.1%)
- A smaller percentage of value added by Mining (1.5% compared to 8.3%)
The total value added by industry in Cairns increased by 540.4 million between 2013/14 and 2017/18.
The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2013/14 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for:
- Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-$224 million)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+$199 million)
- Manufacturing (+$126 million)
- Administrative and Support Services (+$119 million)