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Employment by industry (Census)

Manufacturing is the largest employer in Colac Otway Shire, making up 14.5% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Colac Otway Shire regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across Colac Otway Shire.

NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn��t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. Colac Otway Shire currently subscribe to the “LITE” version of, which does not feature this extended dataset. In order to directly compare worker numbers between 2011 and 2016, it is recommended that Colac Otway Shire subscribe to the FULL version of

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Colac Otway Shire 2016
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Number%Victoria %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,16612.42.2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services820.91.1
Wholesale Trade1751.93.2
Retail Trade8909.510.2
Accommodation and Food Services8378.96.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3083.34.7
Information Media and Telecommunications850.91.9
Financial and Insurance Services1241.33.9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services850.91.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2702.97.9
Administrative and Support Services2913.13.4
Public Administration and Safety5405.85.3
Education and Training6006.48.7
Health Care and Social Assistance1,23713.212.5
Arts and Recreation Services961.01.9
Other Services2813.03.6
Industry not classified4074.34.7

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Victoria: 2.2% Mining, Victoria: 0.3% Manufacturing, Victoria: 7.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Victoria: 1.1% Construction, Victoria: 8.3% Wholesale Trade, Victoria: 3.2% Retail Trade, Victoria: 10.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Victoria: 6.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Victoria: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Victoria: 1.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Victoria: 3.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Victoria: 1.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Victoria: 7.9% Administrative and Support Services, Victoria: 3.4% Public Administration and Safety, Victoria: 5.3% Education and Training, Victoria: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Victoria: 12.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Victoria: 1.9% Other Services, Victoria: 3.6% Industry not classified, Victoria: 4.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Colac Otway Shire: 12.4% Mining, Colac Otway Shire: 0.2% Manufacturing, Colac Otway Shire: 14.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Colac Otway Shire: 0.9% Construction, Colac Otway Shire: 5.7% Wholesale Trade, Colac Otway Shire: 1.9% Retail Trade, Colac Otway Shire: 9.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Colac Otway Shire: 8.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Colac Otway Shire: 3.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Colac Otway Shire: 0.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Colac Otway Shire: 1.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Colac Otway Shire: 0.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Colac Otway Shire: 2.9% Administrative and Support Services, Colac Otway Shire: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Colac Otway Shire: 5.8% Education and Training, Colac Otway Shire: 6.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Colac Otway Shire: 13.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Colac Otway Shire: 1.0% Other Services, Colac Otway Shire: 3.0% Industry not classified, Colac Otway Shire: 4.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Colac Otway Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Manufacturing (1,358 local workers 14.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,237 local workers 13.2%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,166 local workers 12.4%)

In combination these three industries employed 3,761 people in total or 40.0% of local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 7.8% in Manufacturing; 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 2.2% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Colac Otway Shire and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (12.4% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (14.5% compared to 7.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.9% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (5.7% compared to 8.3%)