Employment and job information
Key employment sectors in the Rockhampton Regional Council area include health care, retail trade, education and manufacturing. Major health care facilities in the Council area are Rockhampton Hospital, Mount Morgan Hospital, Mater Misericordia Hospital Rockhampton and Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital as well as numerous aged care facilities. The main retail centre is the Rockhampton Central Business District (including City Centre Plaza and East Street Mall), with other significant retail centres at Allenstown Square, Gracemere Shoppingworld, Gracemere Plaza, Kmart Plaza, Northside Plaza, Stockland Rockhampton and Red Hill Homemaker Centre.
The jobs to residents ratio for Rockhampton Region in 2015-16 was 1.07, meaning that there were more jobs than resident workers. Education and Training had the highest ratio (1.24) followed by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Public Administration, Health Care and Social Assistance, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and Financial and Insurance Services.
The largest employer was the Health Care and Social Assistance generating 6,249 local jobs in 2015-16, followed by Retail Trade (4,568), Education and Training (4,402), Construction (3,401), Public Administration (3,294), Manufacturing (3,163) and Hospitality Industry (2,946).
Major industries in Rockhampton with a strong number of jobs can be identified as areas of potential studies in Rockhampton Region for international students as they provide potential for post-study work opportunities to international students.
Competitive Living Expenses
Wages: In Rockhampton, 68.8 per cent of households earned an income of more than $650 per week in 2016 with the weekly income range of $1,000-$3,000 taking up approximately 45 per cent.
Housing cost: At June 2017, the median prices for houses and units in the Rockhampton Region were $267,370 and $232,392 which compares well with Queensland median prices of $459,353 and $353,056.
Housing rental: At June 2017, the median weekly rental for houses and units in the Rockhampton Region was $280 and $220 which compares well with Queensland median prices of $385 and $345.
Housing prices often factor in a home ownership premium due to expected capital growth and the ability to customise the property, but rental costs are a more direct measure of the immediate economic value of living in the area. Increases in rents often have a more direct relationship to employment and demand for housing.