South Gippsland Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer in South Gippsland Shire, making up 19.9% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in South Gippsland Shire 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 South Gippsland Shire.

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, South Gippsland Shire 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
South Gippsland Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,12519.92.22,14019.62.2-15
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1791.71.11561.41.1+23
Wholesale Trade3012.83.24073.74.5-106
Retail Trade9859.210.21,14710.510.8-162
Accommodation and Food Services6045.76.66656.16.1-61
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4234.04.74564.24.7-33
Information Media and Telecommunications720.71.9670.62.0+5
Financial and Insurance Services1581.53.91681.54.1-10
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services990.91.6960.91.4+3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3863.67.93763.57.8+10
Administrative and Support Services2222.13.42202.03.3+2
Public Administration and Safety4244.05.33843.55.3+40
Education and Training8217.78.77787.18.0+43
Health Care and Social Assistance1,19711.212.51,08910.011.6+108
Arts and Recreation Services1701.61.91381.31.7+32
Other Services3693.53.63793.53.6-10
Industry not classified4604.34.72412.22.4+219
Total persons10,679100.0100.010,898100.0100.0-219

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 South Gippsland Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,125 people or 19.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,197 people or 11.2%)
  • Retail Trade (985 people or 9.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,307 people in total or 40.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 2.2% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 10.2% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of South Gippsland Shire and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (19.9% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.6% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.5% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (6.4% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in South Gippsland Shire were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-274 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+219 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-162 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+108 local workers)

South Gippsland Shire

economic profile