As at June 30, 2013 more than 82,500 lived in the Rockhampton Region and enjoyed its easy lifestyle, the result of the Region’s strong and diverse economy.
The Region’s population grew at an annual rate of 1.6 per cent over the five years from 2008-13 and is projected to grow by almost 50 per cent and reach more than 116,000 by 2036.
The median age for the region’s residents was 34.5 years of age as at 30 June 2013 and 6.4 per cent of the region’s population were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.
In 2013 there were 1,325 births in Rockhampton and almost 6,700 residents were born overseas.
The age profile was similar to that of Queensland, but there is a slightly higher proportion of residents under 14 years of age or over 65 years of age, while the working age proportion was slightly lower than that for Queensland.
It is estimated by National Institute of Economic and Industry Research that more than 50,266 people worked in the Rockhampton region in 2012-13.
Almost two-thirds of the population are engaged in full-time employment, 27 per cent are employed part-time, while 7.4 per cent are unemployed.
Statistics show an unemployment rate of 7.4 per cent in September 2014, down from 9.35 per cent in September 2013.
Rockhampton was first settled in 1854 and possesses a well-diversified economy, focusing strongly on the key elements of regional service (health care & social assistance, education & training, retail, public administration & safety and transport, postal and warehousing).
The region has a specific strength in electricity, gas, water and waste services as a result of the Stanwell Power Station.
Mining service and meat processing are two important elements of manufacturing workforce. The region is one of the major service points for the coal mines in Bowen, Galilee and Surat Basins. CSG is likely to make an important contribution when Arrow Energy’s Bowen gas pipeline begins construction.
The Gracemere Industrial Area is an import transport hub, with special strengths in fuel, cattle and explosives transport.
Teys Bros abattoir at Lakes Creek, which employs about 1500 people and can process up to 2000 head of cattle a day, is capable of achieving Australia’s largest daily kill. The JBS plant is smaller, with a workforce of 500 people and a potential throughput of 800 head a day.
The regional workforce is highly skilled with tradespersons and professionals representing the largest share of workers in 2011. This is reflected in post-school qualification levels with high proportions of the workforce holding diploma, certificate and bachelor level qualifications.
The annual median personal weekly income in 2011 was $46,041 which compared favourably with the Queensland annual mean of $45,711.
The mean total personal income in 2011 was $584 per week, median total family income was $1,437 and the median mortgage repayment $1,595 per month.
Employment by Industry
|Retail Trade||5,810 Rockhampton|
|Professional, Scientific & Technical Services||1,463 Rockhampton|
|Transport, Postal & Warehousing||3,561 Rockhampton|
|Education & Training||4,854 Rockhampton|
|Health Care & Social Assistance||6,929 Rockhampton|
|Accommodation & Food Services||3,673 Rockhampton|
|Public Administration & Safety||4563 Rockhampton|
|Other Services||2,243 Rockhampton|
|Electricity, Gas, Water & Waste Services||1,261 Rockhampton|
|Wholesale Trade||1,291 Rockhampton|
|Administrative & Support Services||1,210 Rockhampton|
|Rental, Hiring & Real Estate Services||817 Rockhampton|
|Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing||973 Rockhampton|
|Financial & Insurance Services||772 Rockhampton|
|Arts & Recreation Services||543 Rockhampton|
|Information Media & Telecommunications||395 Rockhampton|
|Output by Industry Sector||$m||%||Qld%|
|Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing||426.2||3.6||3.4|
|Electricity, gas, water & waste services||662.4||5.6||3.2|
|Accommodation & food services||341.5||2.9||2.7|
|Transport, postal & warehousing||872.8||7.4||6.3|
|Information media & telecommunications||132.3||1.1||1.9|
|Financial & insurance services||333.1||2.8||4.2|
|Rental, hiring & real estate services||258.2||2.2||2.7|
|Professional, scientific & technical services||358.2||3.1||5.6|
|Administrative & support services||249.1||2.1||2.8|
|Public administration & safety||688.1||5.9||5.4|
|Education & training||455.4||3.9||2.9|
|Health care & social assistance||707.3||6.0||5.2|
|Arts & recreation services||62.4||0.5||0.8|
Rockhampton is the principal transport hub for Central Queensland and is well serviced by a number of highways. The Capricorn, Burnett and Leichhardt Highways start or end in the region which is also intersected by the Bruce Highway.
The Central rail line also starts in the region and the main North rail line runs north-south through it.
The region is serviced by the modern Rockhampton Airport, which in addition to its regular passenger services by reputable carriers, is used as a defence base, especially during exercises in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
Private transport is the primary mode of transport within the region which is also serviced by regular bus services, a range of hire companies and a taxi company.