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Cummings Economics was established in 1981 by W S (Bill) & J G Cummings (see key personnel) to provide professional economic research and analysis of the economy, especially in relation to northern and regional Australia (see background & services). Compass Research was established as the market research arm of Cummings Economics.

Over the years, the firm has played and continues to play a major role in supporting the progress of businesses, industries, organisations and government bodies through perceptive professional, successful research.

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Much of our work for clients is confidential. However, Cummings Economics have a policy, in the interests of promoting progress, of placing on this website, reports and analysis that have entered the public arena.

19 Nov 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.229

OCTOBER 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

October figures indicate that overall level of activity in the Cairns regional economy is stalled pending the opening of Queensland borders.

Statistical Note

21 Oct 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.228

SEPTEMBER 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

The relatively small 'hit' to the recovery of the Cairns regional economy in July and August due to lockdowns in NSW, VIC and for a time, SE-QLD, stabilised in September.

Statistical Note

28 Sep 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3392.227

Tourism in TNQ - Not an Easy Ride

This research paper prepared for Cairns Regional Council traces four major 'shocks' that have occurred to tourism in the Cairns region over the past forty years - what caused them and how the sector recovered.

Research Paper

22 Sep 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.224

AUGUST 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

August saw the Covid restrictions in NSW, VIC and SE-QLD continue to impact the Cairns region with airport domestic passenger numbers continuing to contract and a fall continuing in the Single Touch Payroll Employment Index.

Statistical Note

31 Aug 2021 Media Article CE Ref J3389.226

Remove Bottlenecks to Future Growth

Article contributed to CONNECT CAIRNS MAGAZINE that identifies the major 'bottlenecks' holding back growth of the Cairns regional economy and the importance of removing these bottlenecks in the process of post-Covid recovery.

Article

25 Aug 2021 Cummings Economics Report CE Ref J3359.225

Aviation Sector Cairns Airport Economic Profile

This research study commissioned by Cairns Skills Aviation Centre (CSAC) with support of Cairns Regional Council provides an economic profile of the airport's general aviation sector located on the western side of the airport.

Report

20 Aug 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.223

JULY 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

July saw the upward trend in domestic visitors reverse strongly and the region's Employment Index drop sharply as the third wave Covid restrictions impacted NSW, VIC & SE QLD.

Statistical Note

16 Jul 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.222

JUNE 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

Reviews latest available information on JobSeeker, Workforce, Single Touch Payroll Jobs Index, Airport Passenger Statistics & Construction

Statistical Note

05 Jul 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3386.221

QLD State Budget 2021-22 Capital Expenditure in the Cairns Region

After a number of years of figures well below State regional averages on a per capita basis, QLD's budgeted capital expenditure for the Cairns region 2021-22 has pushed above equivalent regional averages. However, on regional averages over the past eight (8) years, the region is still owed about $1Billion.

Statistical Note

02 Jul 2021 Cairns Economy Presentation CE Ref J3352.220

Major Factors Behind the Rise of Cairns as a First World Tropical City

The Presentation to the BEMAS Conference (organised by the Centre for International Trade & Business in Asia (CITBA) at JCU), looks at the factors that have led to Cairns' growth from a population of 16,400 recorded in Census 1947 to over 160,000 today and to the city passing seven (7) other regional cities in population since 1976.

Presentation

30 Jun 2021 Other Presentation CE Ref J3377.219

Cairns Mareeba Range Crossing - Economic Impact & Justification Analysis

A powerpoint presentation to a meeting in Mareeba to support a new more direct route between Mareeba and Cairns.

Presentation

31 May 2021 Media Article CE Ref J3381A.218

Connecting Cairns

Article contributed to CONNECT CAIRNS MAGAZINE that highlights the need for major investment in road infrastructure that connects Cairns to the rest of the region and to the rest of Australia. It highlights the importance of completing currently unsealed links along a direct route to Melbourne and Adelaide with 700 plus km of distance saving for freight, business and visitor travel.

Article

28 May 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.216

MAY 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

Reviews latest available information on JobSeeker, JobKeeper, Single Touch Payroll Jobs Index, Air Passenger Statistics & Dwelling Approvals for Cairns and the Cairns region.

Statistical Note

10 May 2021 Cummings Economics Report CE Ref J2721.215

Australia's Tropical North - An Analysis

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA - Initial Challenges, Historical Development, Current Progress and Future Prospects - Release of a submission, originally prepared in 2014 and submitted to the Pivot North Inquiry into the development of northern Australia. This comprehensive 191-page submission sets out seven fields of action to promote the development of northern Australia relating to: Improved Technology Relating to the Tropics; Improved Governance Structures; Upgraded Infrastructure; Improving Concepts & Images of the Tropics; Indigenous Progress; Adaption of National Economic & Industry Policies less damaging to the North's Progress; Improved International Engagement, especially with the Near North.

An Analysis

30 Apr 2021 Media Article CE Ref J3381B.217

The Cairns Economy in 2021-2022

Article contributed to CAIRNS CITYLIFE MAGAZINE.

Comment

29 Apr 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.213

APRIL 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

Reviews latest available information on JobSeeker, JobKeeper, Single Touch Payroll, Employment, Airport Passenger Statistics & Dwelling Approvals for Cairns and the Cairns region.

Statistical Note

20 Apr 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.212

MARCH 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

Economic recovery continues in March but April will test whether the recovery forces will outweigh the impact of the cessation of JobKeeper support.

Statistical Note

08 Apr 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3378.211

Regional Population Growth 2019-20

Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates of residential population for 2020 indicates that northern Australia's most populous region based on Cairns is on the cusp of passing a landmark of 300,000 population.

Statistical Note

30 Mar 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3150.210

Hospital and Health Funding in the Cairns Region Compared

This Statistical Note indicates that although the largest in population in the north, the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service receives less funding from the State Government.

Statistical Note

28 Mar 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.209

FEBRUARY 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

Reviews latest available information on JobSeeker, JobKeeper, Single Touch Payroll Employment and Airport Passenger Statistics for Cairns and the Cairns Region. Information available indicates that activities remain well below pre-Covid 2019 levels.

Statistical Note

08 Mar 2021 Media Article CE Ref J3371.208

The Creative Arts Matter

We should never fail to recognise that in a region such as this, the major driver of long-term economic growth has been and will continue to be our success in increasing earnings from the rest of Australia and the world. However, it is also important to recognise the role sectors like the creative arts and entertainment industries play in achieving progress.

Article

28 Feb 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.207

JANUARY 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

Reviews latest available information on JobSeeker, JobKeeper, Single Touch Payroll Employment and Airport Passenger Statistics for Cairns and the Cairns Region. It indicates that the upward trend in recovery since May had stalled well below full recovery with Xmas/New Year and seasonal conditions having an influence.

Statistical Note

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Supporting Northern & Pacific Progress

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throughout Northern Australia & the Pacific Region.

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