Colac Otway Shire

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).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 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. To provide this detail, Colac Otway Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Colac Otway Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,16612.42.21,10611.82.2+60
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services820.91.1780.81.1+4
Wholesale Trade1751.93.22422.64.5-67
Retail Trade8909.510.21,02510.910.8-135
Accommodation and Food Services8378.96.68078.66.1+30
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3083.34.73563.84.7-48
Information Media and Telecommunications850.91.9941.02.0-9
Financial and Insurance Services1241.33.91381.54.1-14
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services850.91.6780.81.4+7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2702.97.92692.97.8+1
Administrative and Support Services2913.13.44825.13.3-191
Public Administration and Safety5405.85.35115.45.3+29
Education and Training6006.48.75856.28.0+15
Health Care and Social Assistance1,23713.212.51,20012.811.6+37
Arts and Recreation Services961.01.91191.31.7-23
Other Services2813.03.62953.13.6-14
Industry not classified4074.34.71801.92.4+227
Total persons9,391100.0100.09,404100.0100.0-13

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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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 people or 14.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,237 people or 13.2%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,166 people or 12.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,761 people in total or 40.0% of the 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 the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (12.4% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (14.5% compared to 7.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.9% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.7% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Colac Otway Shire were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+227 local workers)
  • Administrative and Support Services (-191 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+146 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-135 local workers)

Colac Otway Shire

economic profile