Coffs Harbour is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic areas within regional NSW and has been identified as:
- A regional area with over 70% coverage by the Federal Government's National Broadband Network;
- A major regional centre by the NSW Government;
- One of Australia’s most recognised visitor destinations.
The Coffs Harbour Economic Insight Report
is a new quarterly publication produced by the Coffs Harbour City Council that aims to provide key economic and business indicators relating to the local economy. (Naming conventions in this new report differs to those from the previous economic updates.)
Coffs Harbour Quarterly Economic Insight Report September 2017
The modeled employment figures within the quarterly report rely on a number of data inputs one of which is the unemployment and labour force estimate. Coffs Harbour unemployment is estimated to have increased considerably over the last few quarters. This estimate however, is derived from a larger regional labour force estimate which includes Clarence Valley and Bellingen. Even these regional estimates are based on the ABS Labour Force Survey which relies on very small sample sizes in regional areas and therefore the margin for error is quite large. A few people being surveyed losing contract work between quarters can impact estimates considerably. Therefore, caution is advised. Unfortunately, until we have the Census results each 5 years this is the best estimates we can go off for identifying annual trends. It should be used in consideration with local knowledge of job vacancies and development rates.
Coffs Harbour City Council also uses a profiling tool which provides improved access to information about the community and will give individuals, community groups and organisations the chance to better understand the community. The information is presented in simple, clear tables, interactive maps and charts with concise factual commentary.
Community Profile - The Coffs Harbour City Council community profile includes results from the Censuses of Population and Housing from ABS. The Coffs Harbour City Council Community Profile is designed to inform community groups, investors, business, students and the general public.
Community Atlas - The Community Atlas includes key socio-demographic characteristics for the Coffs Harbour City presented as interactive maps. Based on the latest available census data, each map is prepared using Census Collector Districts providing the finest level of detail to help identify spatial patterns and trends in the area.
Population Forecast - The Coffs Harbour City population and household forecasts are designed to inform community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public. To achieve this, forecast.id is formatted to present the data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary. Forecasts are provided for up to 20 years from the present data.
Regional Development Australia - Mid North Coast
Economy Data app
Community Data app
Past editions of the Coffs Economic Update:
Economic Insight Report June 2017
For earlier editions of the Coffs Economic Update please email the Industry and Destination Development team by clicking