Economic Profile

The Cairns region’s economic base is founded on its natural resources and unique natural environment. The region has a number of key assets that serve to generate central drivers for economic development in the region.

The Advance Cairns Region Economic Profile is a vital tool for anyone trying to describe the area’s role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development or promote the area’s strengths. The information presented here is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia’s leading economic modellers, NIEIR. The latest data from each series is always presented in this site.

The Advance Cairns Region comprises the 26 Local Government Areas in the Tropical North Queensland.

The Advance Cairns Region Economic Profile provides economic analysis for the Advance Cairns Region by combining 11 different datasets to build a cohesive story of a local economy, how it is changing and how it compares to other areas.

It is a public resource designed to be used by council staff, community groups, investors, business people, students and the general public. You can be confident about the quality of the information as it is derived from official sources and the most robust economic modelling, analysed and presented by experts and funded by the Advance Cairns Region. Each data source is maintained with the latest series so you can be sure you are using the most up to date information.

Results for the Advance Cairns Region include Gross Regional Product, local jobs, local businesses, employment, unemployment, population, building approvals, industry structure, journey to work and much more.


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Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia


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