Canberra Region


In the Canberra Region, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $5,994 million in 2022/23.

Imports by industry are sales of goods and services from industries located outside the Canberra Region 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
Canberra Region2022/232016/17Change
Industry$m%. NSW$m%. NSW2016/17 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing323.41.73.4261.81.73.8+61.5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services470.32.53.1308.52.02.9+161.8
Wholesale Trade937.95.03.4840.55.53.6+97.5
Retail Trade465.32.52.0418.92.82.0+46.4
Accommodation and Food Services636.83.43.5764.75.05.5-127.9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,
Information Media and Telecommunications892.34.84.2657.54.33.9+234.8
Financial and Insurance Services2,,685.611.18.0+374.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services115.60.60.7109.30.70.8+6.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,
Administrative and Support Services203.21.11.6196.11.31.5+7.0
Public Administration and Safety904.24.85.6613.24.04.5+291.0
Education and Training641.63.42.6456.23.02.2+185.4
Health Care and Social Assistance1,379.77.44.31,
Arts and Recreation Services366.02.01.4303.32.01.6+62.7
Other Services196.81.11.2176.11.21.1+20.7
Total industries18,696.8100.0100.015,181.1100.0100.0+3,515.7

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 Canberra Region in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing ($5,994 million or 32.1%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($2,060 million or 11.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance ($1,380 million or 7.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $9,433 million in total or 50.5% of the total imports by industry in the the Canberra Region.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in NSW accounted for 31.7% in Manufacturing; 8.2% in Financial and Insurance Services and 4.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between total imports by industries of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Mining (4.1% compared to 8.3%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Health Care and Social Assistance (7.4% compared to 4.3%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Financial and Insurance Services (11.0% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (6.5% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

The total total imports by industry in the Canberra Region increased by $3,516 million between 2016/17 and 2022/23.

The largest changes in the total imports by industries between 2016/17 and 2022/23 in the Canberra Region were for:

  • Manufacturing (+$1,294 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$439 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$374 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$355 million)

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

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