In Whitsunday, Mining had the largest output by industry, generating $1,845 million in 2020/21.

Output by industry is a gross measure of the total sales of each industry sector in Whitsunday. It does not measure how productive each industry sector is at producing this output - which is measured by value added.

By comparing the output of each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Whitsunday’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 get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, output data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.

Detailed data notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

The gross measure of output includes the value of all the inputs to each industry.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Output by industry sector
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing621.510.03.7609.411.53.8+12.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services179.22.93.889.51.74.1+89.7
Wholesale Trade96.21.63.989.31.73.5+6.9
Retail Trade156.52.53.9157.23.03.7-0.7
Accommodation and Food Services381.66.22.7399.37.62.9-17.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing605.79.86.0489.19.36.2+116.6
Information Media and Telecommunications52.10.81.718.20.31.4+33.9
Financial and Insurance Services72.41.25.374.01.45.0-1.6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services273.54.47.9254.54.88.4+19.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services123.
Administrative and Support Services215.53.52.6173.63.32.5+42.0
Public Administration and Safety93.
Education and Training108.61.84.0107.22.03.9+1.4
Health Care and Social Assistance201.83.36.7112.92.15.2+88.9
Arts and Recreation Services27.
Other Services113.
Total industries6,201.6100.0100.05,286.1100.0100.0+915.5

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 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 output by industry sectors in Whitsunday in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining ($1,845 million or 29.7%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing ($622 million or 10.0%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($606 million or 9.8%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $3,072 million in total or 49.5% of the total output by total industry in the Whitsunday.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 10.6% in Mining; 3.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and 6.0% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

The major differences between output by industries of Whitsunday and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of output by Mining (29.7% compared to 10.6%)
  • A larger percentage of output by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (10.0% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Financial and Insurance Services (1.2% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of output by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.0% compared to 6.0%)

Emerging groups

The total industry output in Whitsunday increased by $916 million between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the output by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Whitsunday were for:

  • Mining (+$244 million)
  • Construction (+$168 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$117 million)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$90 million)

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