Service industries


The Northern Territory's (NT) service industries cover a wide range of sectors. While many of them are small when looked at individually, they combine to make up a large proportion of the NT's gross state product. These include rental, hiring and real estate services; transport, postal and warehousing; professional, scientific and technical services; financial and insurance services; administrative and support services; electricity, gas, water and waste services; accommodation and food services; arts and recreation services; information media and telecommunications; and a range of other service sector categories.

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Economic contribution | Contribution to employment | Explanatory notes

Service industries cover a wide variety of sectors that, while individually small, combine to contribute a large proportion of the NT’s gross state product (GSP). The service industries category comprises: rental, hiring and real estate services; transport, postal and warehousing; professional, scientific and technical services; financial and insurance services; administrative and support services; electricity, gas, water and waste services; accommodation and food services; arts and recreation services; information media and telecommunications; and other services.

With no unifying feature, economic performance is varied among the service industries, with significant growth opportunities for the NT economy. Over the past decade, the combined service industries has had a relatively consistent share of the NT’s economic growth and total employment, averaging 19.6% and 33.6%respectively (Chart 1).

The NT Government is committed to investing in developing industries, particularly related to services through the Economic Development Framework. Such industries include creative industries, tropical health, environmental services and renewable energy. While these industries are individually small in size, they offer significant growth opportunities for the NT economy.

Economic contribution

In 2018-19:

For more information on contribution by industries, see the main industry summary page.

Contribution to employment

In 2018-19:

In the year to August 2019:

Explanatory notes