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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.

23 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

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

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