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West Coast Council area


In the West Coast Council area, Mining had the largest output by industry, generating $609 million in 2018/19.

Output by industry is a gross measure of the total sales of each industry sector in the West Coast Council area. 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 West Coast Council area’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
West Coast Council area2018/192013/14Change
Industry$m%. Tasmania$m%. Tasmania2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing33.52.69.631.63.07.4+1.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services28.52.24.524.42.35.4+4.0
Wholesale Trade3.
Retail Trade8.40.64.510.10.94.7-1.7
Accommodation and Food Services22.
Transport, Postal and Warehousing20.
Information Media and Telecommunications8.
Financial and Insurance Services5.
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5.
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.
Administrative and Support Services15.31.21.914.71.41.9+0.7
Public Administration and Safety11.00.85.413.61.36.3-2.6
Education and Training13.
Health Care and Social Assistance11.70.910.911.71.19.0+0.1
Arts and Recreation Services6.
Other Services7.
Total industries1,313.0100.0100.01,072.5100.0100.0+240.6

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id informed decisions. 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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the output by industry sectors in the West Coast Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining ($609 million or 46.4%)
  • Construction ($485 million or 37.0%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing ($34 million or 2.6%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $1,128 million in total or 85.9% of the total output by total industry in the the West Coast Council area.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Tasmania accounted for 3.0% in Mining; 12.9% in Construction and 9.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between output by industries of the West Coast Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of output by Mining (46.4% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Construction (37.0% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Manufacturing (1.1% compared to 12.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Health Care and Social Assistance (0.9% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

The total industry output in the West Coast Council area increased by $241 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the output by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the West Coast Council area were for:

  • Construction (+$426 million)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$4 million)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$3 million)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$3 million)

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