Coffs Harbour Economy

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Water Main Flushing

Water Mains Flushing

A major water mainsflushing program will be carried out on the water mains in certain locations over the coming weeks...

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LG IT Conference

LG IT Conference

Coffs Harbour City Council are organising the 21st Local Government Information Technology Conference from 28 - 30 November 2018.

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Place Score

Place Score - How does your place rate?

Coffs Harbour City Council is seeking community opinion about what makes our places and precincts unique...

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EL Funding

Second Round of EL Funds Allocated

More than $131,600 in Environmental Levy (EL) grants has been given to nine local organisations in the final round of this year’s EL programme...

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IPWEA AWARD

Jetty4Shores Project Wins Top Excellence Award

The NSW Minister for Local Government’s 2018 Award for Innovation in Local Government Engineering has been won by Coffs Harbour’s Jetty4Shores Project...

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JO

No Progress on Joint Organisation Request

Despite making numerous representations to local State Members, the Minister for Local Government and the Deputy Premier of NSW, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Shire and Clarence Valley councils...

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Coffs Harbour Economy

​​​​​​​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 March 2018

The modelled 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:

Coffs Harbour Quarterly Economic Insight Report December 2017

Coffs Harbour Quarterly Economic Insight Report September 2017

For earlier editions of the Coffs Economic Update please email the Industry and Destination Development team by clicking here.