Rockhampton Region


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

Industry Jobs
Manufacturing 2,669 Rockhampton
Construction 6,382 Rockhampton
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
Mining 855 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
Total 50,266
Source: National Institute of economic and Industry Research @ 2014.


Education and training are two of Rockhampton Region’s strengths and we are home to the most integrated education industry across Queensland.

The Region is the centre of excellence for education with good student-teacher ratios across the large number of public and private school. The expanding training sector, which hosts apprenticeships and trainees or provides specific skills training and assessment, ensures local businesses are truly supported.

CQUniversity amalgamated with the Central Queensland College of TAFE on the 1 July 2014 making it Queensland’s first dual-sector university which will significantly increase the vocational and higher education opportunities across the Region.

The new institution will build on the considerable array of private boarding schools and state primary and secondary schools to offer unsurpassed choice.

The educational opportunities across the Region complements the diverse economic base and job opportunities which revolve around retail, health, education and training, engineering, construction and manufacturing industries.


With a wealth of health and social services across the Region, residents and visitors can rest assured their medical needs will be met.

The Rockhampton Region is serviced by three hospitals – the public Rockhampton Hospital and the private Mater and Hillcrest Hospitals – each providing specialist services and advanced levels of health care.

Major government welfare and social services agencies, located in Rockhampton, can assist those in need and there are many private and not-for-profit organisations giving assistance across the Region.

Health and Service Assistance is the Region’s largest sector in terms of employment and has the most flow-on effects of any sector within the Region.

For up-to-date hospital and health service information for the Region visit Queensland Health and CQ Health Hub.

The Rockhampton Region is also full of healthy lifestyle choices including hundreds of parks, playgrounds, outdoor areas, sporting facilities and organisations.

Visit KickstartCQ and you’ll find directory listings for

  • Playgrounds
  • Sporting clubs
  • Pools
  • Beaches
  • Gyms and personal trainers
  • Health service providers


The Rockhampton Region economy is well spread, and is not dominated by any particular industry sector.
In 2013 the Rockhampton Region’s Gross Regional Product (GRP) stood at $5.853 billion, an increase of 4.3 per cent over the 2012 figure. It also accounted for 2.1 per cent of Queensland’s gross state product (GSP).

The top five industry sectors in the Rockhampton Region by output in 2012-13 were construction, manufacturing, transport, postal & warehousing, health care & social assistance and public administration & safety.


Output by Industry Sector $m % Qld%
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 426.2 3.6 3.4
Mining 556.1 4.7 8.9
Manufacturing 1,572.3 13.4 13.7
Electricity, gas, water & waste services 662.4 5.6 3.2
Construction 2,373.2 20.2 17.7
Wholesale trade 765.0 6.5 6.0
Retail trade 625.5 5.3 4.8
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
Other services 291.7 2.5 1.8
11,730.9 100.0 100.0


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.



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