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.
With sound benefit cost economic impact analysis to support funding decisions.
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.
25 Jun 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3312C.179
Gives information that 9,000 businesses & organisations in the Cairns region applied in April for JobKeeper assistance to retain employees.Paper
15 Jun 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3312B.178
Gives information that JobSeeker unemployment numbers reached 26,000 in May in the Cairns region.Paper
15 May 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3310.176
Gives a brief appreciation of the situation with water resource development in the region and the need for improved benefit cost analysis.Paper
15 May 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3312A.177
Gives update information on the extent of JobSeeker registered unemployed numbers reached 23,000 in April from 8,000 in February.Paper
15 Apr 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3302.175
Indicates population growth was relatively low across the North in 2018-19 but with Cairns region continuing to lead.Paper
15 Mar 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3299.174
Provided estimate of likely impacts of COVID-19 on future unemployment levels in the Cairns region.Paper
15 Dec 2019 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3288.173
Records how value of Tablelands horticultural industries have jumped 45% in the last 4 years to reach value of over $500m pa.Paper
28 Nov 2019 Cummings Economics Report CE Ref J3218.16
Provides a summary of the Business Case for Direct Flights between Lae & Cairns developed for Tradelinked with support from Cairns Regional Council.Link Tradelinked
15 Jul 2019 Cairns Economy Presentation CE Ref J3262.19
Bill Cummings Cairns Chamber of Commerce annual address.
When I first started presenting these annual reviews of the economy to the Chamber,14 years ago in 2005, the Cairns economy was flying high. In the following years, city population growth rate would reach close to 4%, building approvals exceed $1bn, and number of dwelling approvals exceed 3,000.Paper Presentation
06 Jun 2019 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3259A &.24
The Queensland Budget 2019-20 contained a major 14% rise in capital expenditure over the previous year. However, it was mostly in the Greater Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast area and there was a net decline in regional Queensland. Although there was a strong rise in the Cairns region, it only brought the region up from previous very low per capita levels for five years to about average per capita levels for regional areas. Analysis of capital expenditure in the Cairns SA4 region over the past six budgets indicates a cumulative deficit of over $1bn on regional per capita averages.Cairns Region Regional Queensland
15 May 2019 Media Article CE Ref J3182.28
This article sets out the wider and local influences on the Cairns region's economic prospects and likely performance in 2019. It records that the region has many positive underlying factors leading to its long-term growth but records some negative factors currently influencing performance. Cairns Connect magazine May Issue Page 22
24 Apr 2019 Media Article CE Ref J3245.25
Over the past year, the Cairns region stretching west to the Northern Territory border and north to the Papua New Guinea border has continued to be the largest in population and fastest growing region in northern Australia.
Article prepared for Cairns Chamber of Commerce Annual Publication.Article Publication
16 Apr 2019 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3205.26
Bill Cummings presented the results of a research paper to the inaugural conference of the North Queensland Civil Construction Association - Cairns 6th April 2019, indicating that with "flow-on" effects, the construction sector supported of the order of 18% of economic activity and employment from the Mackay region northwardsPaper Presentation
04 Apr 2019 Research & Statistical Note Ref J3225.27
This short presentation prepared for Cairns Regional Council summarises why it is urgent to expand water storage in the region if the expansion in agricultural production the region has been experiencing is to continue.Fact Sheet
01 Apr 2019 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3243.29
This series of three Research Notes were prepared for Tourism Tropical North Queensland.
Each paper sets out significant findings as well as detailed charts, tables and analysis.
16 Mar 2019 Cummings Economics Report CE Ref J3210.30
There has been sporadic controversy about the Queensland Government's long-term population projections in regional Queensland. This paper reviews regional projections against what actually happened.
The research indicates that economic volatility has made projections difficult. There have been some large over estimations, especially of those regions heavily affected by mining based on Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville, and for the Outback region, but comparative under estimation in the Cairns region. The Cairns and Wide Bay regions have consistently led growth in regional areas and it seems likely that the latest projections for the Cairns region in relation to other regional areas will prove to be an under estimate.Report
15 Mar 2019 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3246.183
The statistical note indicates that population growth across northern Australia in 2017-18 was down. The Cairns region was down marginally and below long-term trends but still leading the way.Statistical Note
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throughout Northern Australia & the Pacific Region.