South East Queensland


In the South East Queensland, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $64,755 million in 2022/23.

Imports by industry are sales of goods and services from industries located outside the South East Queensland Plains boundaries to resident households, businesses and other organisations within the area. Imports (domestic) includes all imports from other parts of Australia to the Region.Imports (international) includes the value of all imports to the area from outside Australia.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, import data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis 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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Total imports
South East Queensland2022/232016/17Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2016/17 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9,,
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4,488.02.52.53,939.22.52.4+548.8
Wholesale Trade4,725.02.73.34,444.62.83.2+280.4
Retail Trade2,,945.71.21.3+280.4
Accommodation and Food Services6,897.93.93.77,
Transport, Postal and Warehousing11,330.36.46.88,,115.6
Information Media and Telecommunications6,799.43.93.65,,745.2
Financial and Insurance Services12,,733.06.27.4+2,281.2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services706.40.40.51,446.50.90.9-740.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services10,885.86.27.78,,846.8
Administrative and Support Services3,586.72.01.72,539.31.61.4+1,047.5
Public Administration and Safety11,969.36.85.48,629.25.54.2+3,340.1
Education and Training4,618.72.62.33,,433.9
Health Care and Social Assistance7,955.44.54.27,
Arts and Recreation Services2,358.31.31.22,
Other Services1,557.90.91.21,766.61.11.4-208.6
Total industries176,539.0100.0100.0158,219.3100.0100.0+18,319.7

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2020/21 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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the total imports by industry sectors in the South East Queensland in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing ($64,755 million or 36.7%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($12,014 million or 6.8%)
  • Public Administration and Safety ($11,969 million or 6.8%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $88,738 million in total or 50.3% of the total imports by industry in the the South East Queensland.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 33.3% in Manufacturing; 8.3% in Financial and Insurance Services and 5.4% in Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between total imports by industries of the South East Queensland and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of total imports by Manufacturing (36.7% compared to 33.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Mining (6.0% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Financial and Insurance Services (6.8% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (6.2% compared to 7.7%)

Emerging groups

The total total imports by industry in the South East Queensland increased by $18,320 million between 2016/17 and 2022/23.

The largest changes in the total imports by industries between 2016/17 and 2022/23 in the South East Queensland were for:

  • Manufacturing (+$13,446 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$3,340 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$3,116 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$2,847 million)

South East Queensland

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