Brisbane's key economic facts
Brisbane City Council regularly collects information on Brisbane’s economic performance including key statistics and research. Each quarter, Council compiles this information into the Brisbane Economic Snapshot and Key Facts.
Fourth quarter 2017
The latest figures have been compiled by Council’s Economic Development branch.
Greater Brisbane's economy is currently worth $154 billion.
Brisbane's local government area has a population of 1,184,215.
Brisbane's local government area employs 848,683 people.
Brisbane's top industry by employment is Health Care and Social Assistance.
Top-5 industries by employment (August 2017)
|Indicator (latest data)||Brisbane LGA||Greater Brisbane|
|1. Health Care and Social Assistance||113,600||155,700|
|2. Retail Trade||84,400||120,000|
|3. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||81,800||105,700|
|5. Education and Training||69,800||95,700|
|Indicator (latest data)||Brisbane LGA||Brisbane metropolitan area|
|Number of dwellings (Census 2016)||404,159||789,464|
|Forecast number of dwellings in 2036 (Queensland Government estimate)+||587,150||1,307,988|
Brisbane City Council uses a range of sources, listed below, to compile this information. Wherever possible, external data sources including Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Queensland Treasury have been used. Below is the key to legends in the tables.
^ Refers to the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area.
^^ Greater Brisbane is the Greater Capital City Area as defined by the ABS.
# The LGA employment figure is a Brisbane City Council estimate of people working in Brisbane, which includes commuters living outside of the Brisbane LGA.
♦ Employment forecasts completed for Brisbane City Council by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), 2009.
* Source: Brisbane City Council estimate.
** Figures sourced from Queensland Government Statistician's Office medium series population projections by Local Government Area (March 2014).
~ Brisbane metropolitan area includes all of Brisbane City Council, Logan City Council, Redland City Council, Ipswich City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council. This is the same as the Brisbane Greater Capital City area as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
~~ Sum of exports through Brisbane Airport and Port of Brisbane.
-- Figure is based on enrolments and includes investment in real estate and tourism from visiting family and friends.
## Data for Brisbane Tourism Region.
+ Queensland Government Statistician’s Office Household and Dwelling Projections, 2013 edition.
++ ABS 8165.0, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits.
Statement of data quality: while every care has been taken to ensure the content is accurate, there may be errors or omissions in it and no legal responsibility is accepted for the information.
For more information email Council's Economic Development branch.