RDA BGLAP Region
Analytical insights into the Health Sector in the SA region covering Barossa, Gawler Light, and Adelaide Plains.
The Health Sector generated $350M in output and $245M in value added in 2020/21, 8.4% of the total RDA BGLAP Region economy.
This represented 2.1% of South Australia's total Health Sector value.
In 2020/21, $88.5M (36%) of value was generated by Residential Care Services.
The second highest contributing industry was Social Assistance Services.
Value added in the sector grew by 3.4% p.a. over the last decade. This was lower than the South Australia average of 4.0% p.a.
Recent growth (last four years) has averaged 6.1% p.a., higher than the South Australia average (5.6%)
The Health Sector supported 3,696 (11.0% of total jobs) and provided employment for 4,761 (12.4% of all employed residents) in 2020/21.
The region represented 2.5% of all South Australia's total Health Sector jobs.
In 2020/21, an estimated 1,069 (29% of local jobs) were in Medical and Other Health Care Services.
The industry that employed the most local residents (inside and outside the region) was Hospitals with 1,357 (27% of all Health Sector resident workers).
Local jobs in the sector averaged 3.7% p.a. growth over the decade to 2020/21. Growth in employment of local residents in the sector was higher over the decade, averaging 3.4% p.a.
Recent growth in jobs (6.4% p.a.) has been higher than the decade average.
Jobs growth in the sector in South Australia averaged 3.2% p.a. over the decade and 4.4% p.a. in recent years.
In 2021, the most over-represented industries* in the BGLAP Health Care Sector were Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services (2.1 x the South Australia average share of Health Sector jobs) and GP Services.
The most over-represented occupations were Child Carers and Food Trades Workers.
* Over-represented means a higher share of local workers are in this industry/occupation compared to the benchmark average.
N.B. A location quotient is a simple way of seeing which are the main industries in an area, relative to the larger benchmark region. LQ shows the percentage of the local economy characteristic (eg. employment, value add) in a particular industry divided by the percentage of the characteristic in the industry in a benchmark area (region, state, nation) . A number greater than 1 suggest the industry is over-represented locally and could be a specialisation. Tables have been filtered for industries/occupations with >0.5% share of jobs
In 2021, the largest number of registered businesses (77; 30%), were in General Practice Medical Services.
Another 16% (40) were in Other Allied Health Services.
Registered business numbers have increased by 4.2% p.a. (+85 businesses) between June 2011 and 2021, led by GP Medical Services growth (+34).
Growth in the last four years has been very strong (7.1% p.a.) driven by strong growth in Other Social Assistance Services businesses (+21).
The BGLAP Region Health Sector workforce in 2021 was more female orientated, less likely to be born overseas and older than the state average. However, they are also less educated and more likely to be earning a lower income.
Source: ABS Census, 2021;
In 2021, the main occupations of local workers in the Health Sector were Personal Carers and Assistants.
The two top field of study areas for qualified workers were Human Welfare Studies and Services, and Nursing.
In 2021, 34% of local workers in the Health Sector had degree level qualifications. This is higher than the share of local workers in all sectors (21%).
However, qualification attainment was below that for South Australia workers as a whole in the sector (49% degree qualified in 2021).
In 2021, the most common age bracket for local workers in the Health Sector was 45 to 54 year olds (23.5%). This age bracket was only the third most common for South Australia workers as a whole in the sector.
The region had a lower share of Health Sector workers aged between 25 to 34 than South Australia, and a higher share of workers aged 55 and over.
In 2021, Gawler East (DZN 410261398) was nominated in the Census as the working destination for 643 workers in the Health Sector, 19% of the BGLAP region's total. The largest industry was Hospitals. Nuriootpa was another key location with 601 (18%) jobs, most in Residential Care Services.
This report relies on data sourced from NIEIR (2021) and ABS Census of Population and Housing (2011, 2016, 2021).
The sector includes relevant activities within the ANZSIC industry definitions for Health Care and Social Assistance Services.