RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Value added

In the Southern Downs Regional Council area, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing most productive industry, generating $321 million in 2018/19.

Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in the Southern Downs Regional Council area. 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area’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
Southern Downs Regional Council area2018/192013/14Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing320.718.33.0323.419.53.8-2.7
Mining16.81.013.121.21.310.6-4.3
Manufacturing132.67.66.9145.48.87.7-12.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services47.32.73.662.73.83.4-15.4
Construction244.213.98.8254.615.413.7-10.4
Wholesale Trade34.32.04.245.62.84.3-11.4
Retail Trade112.36.45.0117.97.15.2-5.6
Accommodation and Food Services67.43.83.159.23.63.1+8.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing81.44.65.994.55.75.8-13.0
Information Media and Telecommunications13.30.81.711.10.71.5+2.2
Financial and Insurance Services63.53.67.056.33.46.5+7.2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services102.55.83.366.34.03.3+36.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services44.22.56.637.62.36.4+6.6
Administrative and Support Services29.81.73.824.71.53.2+5.1
Public Administration and Safety53.53.16.168.54.16.0-15.0
Education and Training145.18.35.6108.86.65.7+36.3
Health Care and Social Assistance201.511.59.0113.86.96.9+87.7
Arts and Recreation Services7.90.40.96.70.40.8+1.2
Other Services34.42.02.336.42.22.2-2.0
Total industries1,752.7100.0100.01,654.6100.0100.0+98.1

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. 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (321 million or 18.3%)
  • Construction (244 million or 13.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (202 million or 11.5%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 766 million in total or 43.7% of the total value added by industry in the the Southern Downs Regional Council area.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 3.0% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 8.8% in Construction and 9.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the value added by industries of the Southern Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of value added by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (18.3% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Mining (1.0% compared to 13.1%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Construction (13.9% compared to 8.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.5% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in the Southern Downs Regional Council area $increased by 98 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the Southern Downs Regional Council area were for:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$88 million)
  • Education and Training (+$36 million)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$36 million)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+$8 million)

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