Canberra Region

Value added

In the Canberra Region, Construction most productive industry, generating $1,448 million in 2021/22.

Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in the Canberra Region. It shows how productive each industry sector is at increasing the value of its inputs. It is a more refined measure of the productivity of an industry sector than output (total gross revenue), as some industries have high levels of output but require large amounts of input expenditure to achieve that.

By comparing the value added of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the Canberra Region’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 see what contribution each industry makes to the state or region, see the Industry sector analysissection. To understand the value of a worker in each industry, view this dataset in conjunction with Worker productivity data, and to see the relationship of value added to the total size of the economy, go to the Gross Regional Product 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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Value added by industry sector
Canberra Region2021/222016/17Change
Industry$m%. NSW$m%. NSW2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,307.110.42.41,251.611.22.4+55.6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services456.73.62.2423.93.82.4+32.8
Wholesale Trade524.04.25.5339.43.05.6+184.6
Retail Trade741.25.95.4802.87.25.4-61.6
Accommodation and Food Services578.74.62.5601.15.43.0-22.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing562.54.55.7605.25.46.7-42.7
Information Media and Telecommunications197.
Financial and Insurance Services330.52.612.6335.53.012.7-5.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services507.14.04.5462.74.14.6+44.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services742.45.911.1563.65.09.6+178.8
Administrative and Support Services582.34.65.0384.93.44.6+197.4
Public Administration and Safety1,
Education and Training776.36.25.9690.86.26.0+85.5
Health Care and Social Assistance1,315.210.48.61,
Arts and Recreation Services100.20.80.8127.71.10.9-27.5
Other Services290.02.31.7283.42.52.1+6.6
Total industries12,604.6100.0100.011,181.5100.0100.0+1,423.1

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the valued added by industry sectors in the Canberra Region in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (1,448 million or 11.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,315 million or 10.4%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,307 million or 10.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 4,071 million in total or 32.3% of the total value added by industry in the the Canberra Region.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in NSW accounted for 8.6% in Construction; 8.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 2.4% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the value added by industries of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A smaller percentage of value added by Financial and Insurance Services (2.6% compared to 12.6%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (10.4% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.9% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Public Administration and Safety (8.4% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in the Canberra Region $increased by 1,423 million between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in the Canberra Region were for:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$211 million)
  • Construction (+$200 million)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+$197 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$193 million)

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

economic profile