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Value added

In the Canberra Region, Construction most productive industry, generating $1,309 million in 2020/21.

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 Region2020/212015/16Change
Industry$m%. NSW$m%. NSW2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,163.610.22.11,
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services447.73.92.4456.54.12.6-8.8
Wholesale Trade346.53.05.3298.42.75.2+48.0
Retail Trade742.96.55.4772.86.95.2-29.9
Accommodation and Food Services502.44.42.6598.95.43.0-96.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing473.34.25.3565.85.16.4-92.5
Information Media and Telecommunications118.11.03.799.20.93.4+18.9
Financial and Insurance Services342.03.012.7351.33.213.3-9.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services399.13.54.6461.94.14.4-62.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services654.45.710.7558.45.08.9+96.0
Administrative and Support Services370.33.34.4409.03.74.7-38.7
Public Administration and Safety1,
Education and Training670.05.95.9674.36.16.0-4.3
Health Care and Social Assistance1,193.810.58.51,
Arts and Recreation Services118.71.00.9148.51.30.9-29.8
Other Services343.73.01.9290.72.62.1+53.0
Total industries11,382.3100.0100.011,132.8100.0100.0+249.5

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (1,309 million or 11.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,194 million or 10.5%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1,164 million or 10.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 3,666 million in total or 32.2% of the total value added by industry in the the Canberra Region.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in NSW accounted for 8.7% in Construction; 8.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 2.1% 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 (3.0% compared to 12.7%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (10.2% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.7% compared to 10.7%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Public Administration and Safety (8.8% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in the Canberra Region $increased by 250 million between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in the Canberra Region were for:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$187 million)
  • Mining (+$177 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$96 million)
  • Construction (+$59 million)

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