The construction industry employs more people than any other in Queanbeyan-Palerang. Over 17% of the region’s full-time workers are employed in this industry, compared to under 10% throughout NSW.
The majority of the construction sector work under the construction services subsector, contributing specialised services to support the construction industry. This focus on highly specialised industry skills is seen across many sectors throughout Queanbeyan-Palerang.
Public Administration & Safety
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Our proximity to the National Capital provides us with a unique specialised employment growth industry in Public Administration and Safety.
Queanbeyan-Palerang has almost twice the ratio of workers employed in this industry compared to the rest of NSW. Furthermore, Queanbeyan-Palerang-based workers in this industry are approximately 50% more productive than their counterparts in other regions.
Making a strong economy
Queanbeyan Palerang’s manufacturing industry is significantly larger and more specialised than the NSW average.
While employment is spread throughout the industry, highly specialised concentrations emerge around wood product manufacturing and fabricated metal manufacturing. Each of these subsections employs five times as many workers as the NSW average.
Health Care and Social Assistance
Supporting the journey through life
Health Care and Social Assistance is a large employment industry across the state, and Queanbeyan Palerang is no exception, with over 10% of the region’s population employed in the industry.
Notably, Queanbeyan-Palerang employees in this industry are more productive than the average throughout regional NSW.
Purveyors of fine goods
Much like the rest of NSW, around 10% of Queanbeyan-Palerang’s population is employed in the retail sector. Almost half of these employees are employed in specialised store-based subsectors, selling the manufactured and agricultural products that reflect the region’s unique characteristics.
The warmth and character of Braidwood and Bungendore are defined by lively main streets, lined with a variety of retail opportunities.
Tourism & Hospitality
An emerging destination between Canberra and the coast
From heritage historical locations and cultural attractions to our national parks, the potential of Queanbeyan-Palerang’s tourism industry is boundless. We are committed to growing our industry, developing active, adventure, sports and boutique tourism experiences. The region is also known for it ‘makers’ – artisans in such things as wood, glass, fashion and food.
Our region’s advantageous location connects some of Australia’s leading tourism destinations. Nestled between the snowfields, pristine beaches, Canberra, and Sydney, we are leveraging our location to further develop our own Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
For more information on our tourism offering, see Visit Queanbeyan-Palerang.
Specialist technology for complex industry
To successfully transition Queanbeyan-Palerang’s manufacturing sector into a globally competitive industry, we are focused on upskilling our large and specialised manufacturing industry.
Combining our experienced manufacturing industry with our diverse knowledge base, and preserving our advantageous regional specialisation, we are committed to building an advanced manufacturing industry for the future.
Innovative primary producers
Our region is a leader in specialised food production. Livestock and livestock products make up 90% of agricultural production in our region.
Queanbeyan-Palerang, with our favourable growing conditions, temperate climate, and fantastic access to export markets, is the perfect place for high quality agricultural products and is close to large markets including Canberra and the NSW South Coast.
Freight & Logistics
Accessing markets faster
Our region has a very high standard of infrastructure. We are located in a very advantageous position with great access to some of the country’s major freight connections.
The Snowy, Monaro, and Hume Highways, as well as the rail corridor between Canberra and Sydney all run through the Queanbeyan-Palerang region.
We are ideally situated to take advantage of our access to the Port of Eden and Canberra International Airport to further develop our strong freight network connecting our region to the rest of the world.
Professional and Technical Services
Serving the entire industry
Queanbeyan-Palerang’s Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry is one of the largest export industries in the region.
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services are also one of Queanbeyan-Palerang’s key enabling industries and facilitate the growth and further development of the other engines of growth.
Regional hub of southern NSW
Government Administration will continue to be a priority for the region. Our unique access to the Canberra employment market has enabled us to become a NSW leader in this sector. In 2015, the Federal Government committed to boosting regional economies by moving public service jobs to regional centres and Queanbeyan-Palerang has benefited from this with high-value Australian Public Service jobs made available in Queanbeyan. This has created a ripple effect that has been positive for other businesses by activating the main street and CBD.
We are committed to preserving our fantastic partnership with the ACT as we continue to contribute to and shape the NSW Government’s regional vision.
Defence and aerospace
High-tech specialist services
With over 100 business in the region identified as defence / aerospace focused, Queanbeyan-Palerang and Canberra is clearly a cluster for Defence industry. Additionally, it is home to a high concentration of current and former employees of the Australian Defence Force. Just minutes from Canberra, many ADF employees choose to live and play in Queanbeyan-Palerang, and cross over the ACT border for work.
The high number of skilled and experienced defence personnel in the region is put to good use in Queanbeyan-Palerang. Their collective knowledge base has led to the establishment and continued development of a highly productive Defence Industry sector.
Quality teaching and research
Our region has access to several of the country’s leading Tertiary Education institutions such as the Australian National University, University of Canberra, University of NSW and the Australian Catholic University.
Queanbeyan is home to a TAFE campus offering specialised courses such as trades and technology, information technology, and rural studies. Our Education industry employs 5% of the population and ensures the rest of our workforce is well educated and prepared for the future.
Powering the future
The NSW Government has identified the State’s South East and Tablelands as a renewable energy hub. Queanbeyan-Palerang, as the centre of this region, is applying our highly educated workforce to emerge as a state leader in this sector, and build on the existing renewable energy focus of the ACT Government.
Health & Residential Care
A growth industry
The South East and Tablelands region has an above average population growth forecast over the next 20 years. This population growth will place increased pressure on the Health and Residential Care sector.
Queanbeyan-Palerang is prepared for this change, and has invested in a Health, Wellbeing and Community Services SkillsPoint facility at the Queanbeyan TAFE campus. Queanbeyan also hosts the regional hospital for the Region with access to the ACT specialist research facilities.