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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.

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

29 Jan 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.206

DECEMBER 2020 Economic Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions

During December, the steady downward trend in JobSeeker numbers in the region since peaking in May, reversed and showed a small upward movement.

Statistical Note

05 Dec 2020 Other CE Ref J3354.202

It's Time for Faith in Our Own Future

Let's face it, we've never been able to rely completely on Brisbane. Yes, get what we can out of Brisbane but our destiny lies in our own hands. It's time to toughen up and put our own money up to chart our own course across all developmental opportunities. And remember, that we achieve most when the whole region, not just Cairns, comes together to pool its resources and effort - local governments, local businesses, local industries, local people.

Comment

01 Dec 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3353.200

State Budget 2020-21 Capital Expenditure in the Cairns Region

The 2020-21 Queensland State Budget has seen a substantial increase in capital expenditure allocated to the Cairns SA4 region compared with previous years. However, the table in the Statistical Note indicates that this simply brings expenditure per capita up to just above average levels for regional areas. On regional averages, the State Government still owes the region about $1bn.

Statistical Note

16 Nov 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.199

OCTOBER 2020 - Economic Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions

Numbers in JobSeeker benefits continue the trend since May to decline. However, the Single Touch Payroll Jobs Index indicated that the upward trend in number in jobs in the region may have stalled with the mild adjustments in JobKeeper conditions after end September.

Statistical Note

09 Nov 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3349.198

Dwelling Approvals Across the North

DWELLING APPROVALS 2020-21 OFF TO A FLYING START - Dwelling approvals across the north were down in 2019-20 but with the Cairns/TNQ region leading. However, they have been off to a flying start in Sep Qtr 2020 under the influence of the Commonwealth Government's COVID support incentives.

Statistical Note

27 Oct 2020 Other CE Ref J3340.197

The Federal Budget and the Cairns Region

Seeks to interpret the likely impacts of the 2020-2021 budget on the Cairns regional economy. It provides a simple "rule of thumb" to help estimate how massive nationwide government support schemes are likely to impact on the region's economy.

Comment

26 Oct 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.190

SEPTEMBER 2020 - Economic Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions

Gives information that JobSeeker unemployment numbers continued to come down in September but again only marginally. Single Touch Payroll series has been continuing to recover slowly but slipped back at end Sep/early Oct as JobKeeper support has moderated.

Statistical Note

08 Oct 2020 Media Article CE Ref J3339.196

Cairns Region Rising From The Ashes

Portrays how with massive government support, the Cairns regional economy has been recovering but that it is now up to private enterprise to carry the process forward.

Article

25 Sep 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.191

AUGUST 2020 - Economic Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions

Gives information that JobSeeker unemployment numbers continued to come down in August but only marginally. Single Touch Payroll series has been continuing to recover slowly.

Statistical Note

25 Sep 2020 Cairns Economy Presentation CE Ref J3335.195

Cairns Regional Economy

Gives PPT presentation used in an address to the Forum 4 Business Growth luncheon outlining recent economic trends.

Presentation

01 Sep 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3327.194

Economic Value of the Great Barrier Reef

Research Paper submitted to the Commonwealth Review of the REEF 2050 PLAN pointing out that the value of tourism related to the reef is NOT the total value of tourism in the regions fronting the reef, as portrayed in commonly used statistics. Only about 2.5 million a year visit the reef compared with about 9 million visitors to the Reef Regions. Value of actual reef related tourism is small compared with other major industries and the economy of the Reef Regions overall.

Research Paper

25 Aug 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.186

JULY 2020 - Economic Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions

Gives information that JobSeeker unemployment numbers continued to come down in July but only marginally. Single Touch Payroll series has been continuing to recover slowly to be down only about 5% on the commencement of the series in mid-March.

Statistical Note

15 Aug 2020 Cummings Economics Report CE Ref J3275.192

International Education in the Cairns Economy

A Report prepared for Cairns Regional Council and Study Cairns on the pre-Covid value of the International Education Sector indicating that it was bringing into the region's economy of the order of $130M a year.

Report

23 Jul 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.184

JUNE 2020 - Economic Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions Revised

Gives information that JobSeeker unemployment numbers plateaued in June and came down slightly in the Cairns SA4 region. A new ABS series on payrolls indicated that in the Cairns region there was a fall of about 11% in April compared to March.

Statistical Note

25 Jun 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3312C.179

'JobKeeper'-Economic Impact Coronavirus Restrictions

Gives information that 9,000 businesses & organisations in the Cairns region applied in April for JobKeeper assistance to retain employees.

Statistical Note

15 Jun 2020 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3312B.178

MAY 2020 - Economic Impact of Coronavirus Restrictions Revised

Gives information that JobSeeker unemployment numbers reached 26,000 in May in the Cairns region.

Statistical Note

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