Sunshine Coast


In Sunshine Coast, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $4,945 million in 2020/21.

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 Coast2020/212015/16Change
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing406.23.34.7239.72.34.0+166.5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services316.32.62.1210.32.02.4+106.0
Wholesale Trade537.34.33.3350.03.43.3+187.3
Retail Trade159.71.31.6105.01.01.4+54.7
Accommodation and Food Services254.72.12.8318.43.13.1-63.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing500.74.04.1660.56.45.7-159.8
Information Media and Telecommunications606.24.93.8388.63.83.1+217.7
Financial and Insurance Services1,
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services25.80.20.338.50.40.6-12.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services554.24.57.2425.74.16.1+128.6
Administrative and Support Services168.31.41.5188.21.81.9-20.0
Public Administration and Safety1,431.311.66.01,102.610.75.4+328.7
Education and Training238.61.92.8211.62.12.6+27.0
Health Care and Social Assistance509.84.15.2310.43.04.3+199.4
Arts and Recreation Services171.11.41.4203.22.01.4-32.1
Other Services89.80.71.3159.21.51.6-69.4
Total industries12,366.5100.0100.010,285.4100.0100.0+2,081.1

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2019/20 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 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing ($4,945 million or 40.0%)
  • Public Administration and Safety ($1,431 million or 11.6%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($1,159 million or 9.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $7,535 million in total or 60.9% of the total imports by industry in the Sunshine Coast.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 37.3% in Manufacturing; 6.0% in Public Administration and Safety and 9.9% 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 (11.6% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.5% compared to 7.2%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Manufacturing (40.0% compared to 37.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Mining (2.4% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

The total total imports by industry in Sunshine Coast increased by $2,081 million between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the total imports by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Sunshine Coast were for:

  • Manufacturing (+$1,077 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$329 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$249 million)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$218 million)

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