Bordertown blessings

Queanbeyan residents know it can be hard to find a job on the NSW side of the border, with the local area serving as a “dormitory town” for Canberra.

Many workers reside in the suburbs and rural hamlets that dot the NSW side of the border, with most of their employment and leisure activities absorbed by the ACT.

But the opportunities afforded for work by close proximity to Canberra have allowed the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area to outperform the state and national employment figures. 

The Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area has outperformed the national and state averages in key areas. As of the 2016 Census 59 percent of Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area adults worked full time, versus 49.7pc nationally and 48pc at the state level.

However, a full 10.6pc of the population was unemployed; with 31.8pc no longer in the labour force.

The ACT maintained the highest median income per job; the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area median income was only slightly lower.

A large portion of this was cross-border employment. A full 21.3pc of Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area residents worked for the federal government as of the 2016 Census.

In 2015-16, 12.5 million jobs were held by residents of capital city regions, with 5.9 million in regional areas. All states and territories recorded higher median employee income in their greater capital city area, in comparison to the rest of state or territory.

The Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area was also boosted by lower levels of self-employed workers.

Nationally employment income was higher for those with an employee job, compared to those who were only small business owners.

This also reflected the nature of some small businesses and the reporting of a net loss of employment income by some smaller enterprises.

Most employee jobs were held for the full duration of the year (64pc).

The next most common job duration was for those held for less than three months of the year (14pc).

Overall, the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area was a high performer in the jobs game.