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Sunshine Coast Council area


In the Sunshine Coast Council area, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $4,612 million in 2019/20.

Imports by industry are sales of goods and services from industries located outside the Sunshine Coast Council area Plains boundaries to resident households, businesses and other organisations within the area. Imports (domestic) includes all imports from other parts of Australia to the Region.Imports (international) includes the value of all imports to the area from outside Australia.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, import 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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Total imports
Sunshine Coast Council area2019/202014/15Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing403.83.23.7436.94.14.8-33.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services723.65.74.9621.15.84.8+102.4
Wholesale Trade494.63.93.3373.23.53.2+121.5
Retail Trade139.51.11.4102.10.91.3+37.4
Accommodation and Food Services269.32.12.7264.82.53.0+4.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing530.24.25.0591.25.55.5-60.9
Information Media and Telecommunications527.14.23.4400.03.73.1+127.0
Financial and Insurance Services1,
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services38.40.30.633.30.30.5+5.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services700.95.67.2501.94.75.8+199.1
Administrative and Support Services265.82.11.9195.61.82.0+70.2
Public Administration and Safety1,449.211.55.91,
Education and Training253.62.02.6201.01.92.3+52.6
Health Care and Social Assistance522.34.15.2270.62.53.6+251.7
Arts and Recreation Services173.91.41.3174.11.61.2-0.2
Other Services158.21.31.4158.41.51.4-0.1
Total industries12,604.9100.0100.010,770.8100.0100.0+1,834.1

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). 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 total imports by industry sectors in the Sunshine Coast Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing ($4,612 million or 36.6%)
  • Public Administration and Safety ($1,449 million or 11.5%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($1,036 million or 8.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $7,097 million in total or 56.3% of the total imports by industry in the the Sunshine Coast Council area.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 34.6% in Manufacturing; 5.9% in Public Administration and Safety and 9.6% in Financial and Insurance Services.

The major differences between total imports by industries of the Sunshine Coast Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of total imports by Public Administration and Safety (11.5% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Mining (2.4% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Manufacturing (36.6% compared to 34.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.6% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

The total total imports by industry in the Sunshine Coast Council area increased by $1,834 million between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the total imports by industries between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in the Sunshine Coast Council area were for:

  • Manufacturing (+$473 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$394 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$252 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$208 million)

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