City of Darwin

Employment by industry (Census)

Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer in City of Darwin, making up 18.6% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in City of Darwin regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across City of Darwin.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, City of Darwin in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Darwin20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Northern TerritoryNumber%. Northern Territory2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2150.52.11960.42.0+19
Mining2870.63.53360.83.3-49
Manufacturing1,1722.52.31,7353.94.0-563
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9432.11.67381.71.3+205
Construction3,4147.411.32,7796.38.4+635
Wholesale Trade8731.91.61,1592.62.1-286
Retail Trade3,7758.26.93,9178.88.0-142
Accommodation and Food Services3,4137.46.62,9336.66.3+480
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,9434.24.32,3215.24.7-378
Information Media and Telecommunications6491.40.96961.61.1-47
Financial and Insurance Services7951.71.19292.11.3-134
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services9542.11.48792.01.4+75
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,0656.76.03,0626.94.9+3
Administrative and Support Services1,4133.13.01,3903.13.1+23
Public Administration and Safety8,54618.617.39,20720.820.5-661
Education and Training4,0328.88.93,5968.18.8+436
Health Care and Social Assistance5,71712.410.75,14011.610.1+577
Arts and Recreation Services1,2562.72.11,0562.42.2+200
Other Services1,6633.63.91,6203.74.7+43
Industry not classified1,8664.14.66531.51.9+1,213
Total persons45,991100.0100.044,347100.0100.0+1,644

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in City of Darwin in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (8,546 people or 18.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,717 people or 12.4%)
  • Education and Training (4,032 people or 8.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 18,295 people in total or 39.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Northern Territory employed 17.3% in Public Administration and Safety; 10.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.9% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of City of Darwin and Northern Territory were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (7.4% compared to 11.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.6% compared to 3.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (12.4% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.5% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in City of Darwin were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+1,213 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (-661 local workers)
  • Construction (+635 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+577 local workers)

City of Darwin

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