RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Western Downs Regional Council area

Local sales

In the Western Downs Regional Council area, Construction had the highest local sales, generating $2,342 million in 2018/19.

Local sales by industry measures the output of local industries that is sold locally. This includes sales to local consumers, businesses and other organisations.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, local sales 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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Local sales by industry sector
Western Downs Regional Council area - Constant prices2018/192013/14Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing164.13.62.1162.22.92.0+1.9
Mining133.12.91.5109.91.91.5+23.2
Manufacturing202.44.47.0227.64.08.6-25.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services517.011.24.3241.24.23.7+275.8
Construction2,342.550.720.23,836.767.628.6-1,494.3
Wholesale Trade92.82.03.385.51.53.4+7.3
Retail Trade94.62.03.8100.41.83.7-5.9
Accommodation and Food Services70.61.52.860.21.12.4+10.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing112.62.44.8125.32.24.8-12.6
Information Media and Telecommunications17.70.42.39.90.21.8+7.7
Financial and Insurance Services101.52.26.279.31.45.2+22.2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services174.03.814.0163.52.911.5+10.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services100.72.27.084.31.55.7+16.4
Administrative and Support Services58.01.33.647.10.83.3+10.9
Public Administration and Safety110.32.44.1119.22.13.9-8.9
Education and Training97.72.13.780.71.43.2+17.0
Health Care and Social Assistance139.63.06.682.71.54.3+56.9
Arts and Recreation Services15.30.30.97.90.10.8+7.4
Other Services73.41.62.155.81.01.8+17.6
Total industries4,617.7100.0100.05,679.3100.0100.0-1,061.6

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. .id the population experts. Data are based on a 2016-17 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 local sales by industry sectors in the Western Downs Regional Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction ($2,342million or 50.7%)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($517million or 11.2%)
  • Manufacturing ($202million or 4.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $3,062 million in total or 66.3% of the total local sales by total industry in the the Western Downs Regional Council area.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 20.2% in Construction; 4.3% in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services and 7.0% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between local sales by industries of the Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local sales by Construction (50.7% compared to 20.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (3.8% compared to 14.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local sales by Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (11.2% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local sales by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.2% compared to 7.0%)

Emerging groups

The total local sales by industry in the Western Downs Regional Council area $decreased by -1,062 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the local sales by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the Western Downs Regional Council area were for:

  • Construction (-$1,494 million)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$276 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$57 million)
  • Manufacturing (-$25 million)

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