Sunshine Coast


In Sunshine Coast, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $4,736 million in 2021/22.

Imports by industry are sales of goods and services from industries located outside Sunshine Coast 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 Coast2021/222016/17Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing504.54.05.3219.22.14.3+285.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services220.51.72.7321.43.02.9-100.9
Wholesale Trade538.64.23.4479.34.53.6+59.3
Retail Trade155.61.21.7111.41.01.4+44.2
Accommodation and Food Services174.41.41.7271.52.62.4-97.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing568.04.54.1626.55.95.3-58.6
Information Media and Telecommunications692.15.53.9524.14.93.4+168.1
Financial and Insurance Services1,
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services36.80.30.536.80.30.6+0.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services707.45.67.7584.15.56.7+123.3
Administrative and Support Services300.92.41.8149.71.41.5+151.1
Public Administration and Safety1,574.212.46.31,089.610.35.8+484.5
Education and Training192.31.53.0220.22.12.8-27.9
Health Care and Social Assistance414.43.35.1479.64.54.4-65.2
Arts and Recreation Services141.31.11.2176.61.71.2-35.3
Other Services78.80.61.1143.81.41.2-65.0
Total industries12,692.1100.0100.010,616.7100.0100.0+2,075.4

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2022. ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2020/21 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 Sunshine Coast in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing ($4,736 million or 37.3%)
  • Public Administration and Safety ($1,574 million or 12.4%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($1,234 million or 9.7%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $7,544 million in total or 59.4% of the total imports by industry in the Sunshine Coast.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 34.9% in Manufacturing; 6.3% in Public Administration and Safety and 9.7% in Financial and Insurance Services.

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

  • A larger percentage of total imports by Public Administration and Safety (12.4% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Mining (3.3% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Manufacturing (37.3% compared to 34.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (5.6% compared to 7.7%)

Emerging groups

The total total imports by industry in Sunshine Coast increased by $2,075 million between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the total imports by industries between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in Sunshine Coast were for:

  • Manufacturing (+$1,174 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$485 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$387 million)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+$285 million)

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