Canberra Region

Resident workers - Industry

Total industries employs more of the Canberra Region's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which the Canberra Region residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in the Canberra Region, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in the Canberra Region are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current area:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers industry of employment
Canberra Region - Persons 20212016Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. NSWNumber%. NSW2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8,3995.92.08,1016.52.1+298
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,7001.21.01,6391.30.9+61
Wholesale Trade2,6691.92.82,2611.83.1+408
Retail Trade12,4338.89.012,0039.79.7+430
Accommodation and Food Services10,7187.66.210,1278.27.1+591
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,7743.44.64,6853.84.7+89
Information Media and Telecommunications1,1870.81.81,3271.12.2-140
Financial and Insurance Services1,9811.45.31,7941.44.9+187
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,0281.41.71,8851.51.8+143
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8,2935.88.96,4815.28.1+1,812
Administrative and Support Services4,4833.23.24,0223.23.5+461
Public Administration and Safety17,74012.56.114,92012.06.0+2,820
Education and Training11,4308.18.79,6817.88.4+1,749
Health Care and Social Assistance17,55412.414.414,47311.712.5+3,081
Arts and Recreation Services2,3521.71.42,1111.71.5+241
Other Services5,1683.63.44,6013.73.7+567
Industry not classified5,5643.94.64,9434.04.7+621
Total Persons141,494100.0100.0123,934100.0100.0+17,560

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in the Canberra Region in 2021shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (17,740 people or 12.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (17,554 people or 12.4%)
  • Construction (15,195 people or 10.7%)

In combination these three industries employed 50,489 people in total or 35.6% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, NSW employed 6.1% in Public Administration and Safety; 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.6% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workforce of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Public Administration and Safety (12.5% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (5.9% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.4% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.8% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2016 and 2021 in the Canberra Region were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+3,622 resident workforce)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,081 resident workforce)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+2,820 resident workforce)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,812 resident workforce)

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

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