South East Queensland


In the South East Queensland, Construction had the largest output by industry, generating $73,118 million in 2021/22.

Output by industry is a gross measure of the total sales of each industry sector in the South East Queensland. It does not measure how productive each industry sector is at producing this output - which is measured by value added.

By comparing the output of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the South East Queensland’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 get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, output data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.

Detailed data notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

The gross measure of output includes the value of all the inputs to each industry.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Output by industry sector
South East Queensland2021/222016/17Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9,961.32.05.07,,930.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services19,521.43.94.116,,265.3
Wholesale Trade19,910.04.03.518,,817.4
Retail Trade24,387.84.94.418,832.54.44.0+5,555.3
Accommodation and Food Services13,433.82.72.510,923.52.62.5+2,510.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing32,,795.57.26.5+1,245.2
Information Media and Telecommunications11,459.32.31.98,,362.0
Financial and Insurance Services33,757.86.85.228,,522.4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services26,480.95.34.323,818.15.64.5+2,662.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services40,729.78.26.432,977.57.76.1+7,752.3
Administrative and Support Services16,,776.93.22.8+2,483.7
Public Administration and Safety27,,,030.5
Education and Training22,972.44.64.120,512.14.84.3+2,460.3
Health Care and Social Assistance36,,623.56.25.6+9,660.2
Arts and Recreation Services6,389.61.31.04,922.81.20.9+1,466.8
Other Services11,797.62.42.29,308.62.22.1+2,489.0
Total industries495,057.6100.0100.0427,781.6100.0100.0+67,276.0

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. ©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 output by industry sectors in the South East Queensland in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction ($73,118 million or 14.8%)
  • Manufacturing ($59,264 million or 12.0%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services ($40,730 million or 8.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $173,111 million in total or 35.0% of the total output by total industry in the the South East Queensland.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 13.8% in Construction; 11.4% in Manufacturing and 6.4% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

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

  • A smaller percentage of output by Mining (2.0% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2.0% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (8.2% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Financial and Insurance Services (6.8% compared to 5.2%)

Emerging groups

The total industry output in the South East Queensland increased by $67,276 million between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the output by industries between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in the South East Queensland were for:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$9,660 million)
  • Manufacturing (+$8,244 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$7,752 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$6,030 million)

South East Queensland

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