Regional Profile

Key Regional Statistics


Townsville and North West Queensland

Population :

267,005 (as at June 2018)

Indigenous Population : 

25,388 (9.8% vs 4% in Queensland - 2016 Census)

Labour Force :

132,690 (March Qtr 2019)

Unemployment :

11,068 (8.3% vs 6.1% in Queensland - March Qtr 2019)

Disadvantage :

52.3% of persons in the two most disadvantaged quintiles on the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (vs 40% in Queensland  - Census 2016)

Area :


Remoteness :

3.9% very remote, 10.6% remote, 85.4% outer regional (Census 2016)

Gross Regional Product : 

$17.7 billion in 2016/17 representing 5.6% of Gross State Product

Townsville & NW Qld Snapshot

Resident Profile

Workforce Profile

Time Series Profile

Indigenous Profile

National Economic Indicators for the Townsville & North West Queensland Region

Local Government Area Unemployment Rate

RDA’s region incorporates the Northern and North West Statistical Division and Boulia Shire, covering quarter of Queensland with a population of 266,162 persons.

The region encompasses rich biodiversity and habitats – rainforest, mangrove, savannah, reef and ranges. The Burdekin River is one of the largest rivers in Australia with significant annual flows.

There are significant economic and transportation linkages across the region. Townsville is the largest centre in the Northern Region with a population of 192,058 people, whilst Mount Isa is the largest centre in the North West Region with a population of 19,332.

Agriculture, mining and construction are the three largest contributors to Gross Regional Product (GRP) with financial and insurance services, transport, and public administration also large sectors. Output from the mining industry dominates exports.

Townsville and North West Queensland Maps

Councils and Towns

State Electoral Boundaries

Federal Electoral Boundaries

Water Catchments, Dams and Weirs

Annual Rainfall

Thermal Climate Zones

Regional NRM Bodies

Agricultural and Pastoral Industries

Mining Industry

Land Ownership

Population Trends - 1996, 2001, 2006

Region Map

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