Value added

In Whitsunday, Mining most productive industry, generating $1,345 million in 2020/21.

Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in Whitsunday. It shows how productive each industry sector is at increasing the value of its inputs. It is a more refined measure of the productivity of an industry sector than output (total gross revenue), as some industries have high levels of output but require large amounts of input expenditure to achieve that.

By comparing the value added 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 see what contribution each industry makes to the state or region, see the Industry sector analysissection. To understand the value of a worker in each industry, view this dataset in conjunction with Worker productivity data, and to see the relationship of value added to the total size of the economy, go to the Gross Regional Product 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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Value added by industry sector
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing227.47.23.1257.310.23.6-29.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services73.52.33.437.61.53.8+35.9
Wholesale Trade43.
Retail Trade96.93.15.497.93.95.2-1.0
Accommodation and Food Services161.55.12.8191.07.63.1-29.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing249.77.95.5222.18.86.0+27.6
Information Media and Telecommunications18.
Financial and Insurance Services48.81.66.549.32.06.6-0.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services50.01.63.343.31.73.3+6.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services64.
Administrative and Support Services126.74.03.5102.64.13.3+24.1
Public Administration and Safety56.81.86.658.52.36.2-1.7
Education and Training79.
Health Care and Social Assistance140.14.510.
Arts and Recreation Services10.50.30.912.10.50.8-1.6
Other Services47.
Total industries3,142.0100.0100.02,523.6100.0100.0+618.4

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the valued added by industry sectors in Whitsunday in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining (1,345 million or 42.8%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (250 million or 7.9%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (227 million or 7.2%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 1,822 million in total or 58.0% of the total value added by industry in the Whitsunday.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 12.1% in Mining; 5.5% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing and 3.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the value added by industries of Whitsunday and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of value added by Mining (42.8% compared to 12.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Health Care and Social Assistance (4.5% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.1% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Financial and Insurance Services (1.6% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in Whitsunday $increased by 618 million between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

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

  • Mining (+$440 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$62 million)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$36 million)
  • Construction (+$28 million)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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