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    Church Street, Dubbo, NSW, 2830
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Dubbo Economic Statistics and Profile

Online Dubbo LGA Economic Profile

  • Provides a summary of economic and demographic information about the Dubbo LGA
  • Presents up-to-date comprehensive coverage and analysis of economic and business conditions for Dubbo
  • Provides timely and accurate economic data to be used by government and business organisations for planning and decision-making purposes as well as promoting the region as a place to invest and do business.

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Dubbo Economic Development Prospectus


Download a printable copy:

Dubbo Investment Prospectus 2013 Dubbo Investment Prospectus 2013 (3520 KB)


Dubbo at a glance

Population: 40,822

Median Age: 35.7

Size of City: 3425 km²

Villages: Ballimore, Brocklehurst, Eumungerie, Mogriguy, Rawsonville, Toongi and Wongarbon.

Elevation: 275 m (Dubbo)

Main industries: health and social assistance, retail, education and training, professional and government services, manufacturing, transport, tourism, construction, warehousing.

Geographically located in the heart of New South Wales, Dubbo is undoubtedly the shopping capital of the West. Dubbo is a service city with a retail catchment population in excess of 200,000 people. It services a third of the geographic area of New South Wales.

Dubbo is the only city located in the Orana Region having developed over time as a major service centre and is situated at the meeting point of the Newell, Mitchell and Golden Highways. The City is an easy five-hour drive to Sydney, four hours from Newcastle and Canberra and a 10-hour drive from Melbourne and Brisbane.

Population projection

Leading Australian demographer and KPMG Partner, Bernard Salt, produced the Population Outlook for Dubbo City Council Report, February 2012. The report explores the long-term population outlook for Dubbo.

Download the report:

Population Outlook Report - Bernard Salt Population Outlook Report - Bernard Salt (721 KB)

The people

The profile of Dubbo’s population is typical of a large, growing regional centre and the City’s economic prominence in the region is reflected in its ongoing population growth and stable economy.

Dubbo's median resident age is 36, children aged 0 - 14 years old make up 22.5% of the population and people over the age of 65 make up 14.2% of the population. 12.8% of residents in the Dubbo LGA identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander People.

Dubbo's unemployment rate remains considerably low at 4.8% compared to the Region (6.4%) and the State (5.1%). Education of Dubbo's workforce is also strong, with over 56% of people holding tertiary qualifications, from Certificate through to Post Graduate qualifications.

High growth rates achieved in the City during the 1970s and 1980s made planning essential to keep pace with the demand for infrastructure development as the City grew from a population of 20,629 in 1971 to 30,918 in 1986 to more than 40,000 today.

The City

The City of Dubbo offers not only a location for business but also an enviable lifestyle for those operators who make the change. Dubbo is one of the State’s largest inland cities and is a dynamic regional centre with an abundance of well-educated prospective employees and boasting a non-metropolitan lifestyle backed by modern infrastructure and economic development.

There are some 3700 businesses registered in the City of which 90% are small businesses which are vital to the local economy. The development and performance of industry in Dubbo meets or exceeds that of the NSW average.

Dubbo City is a well-established member of the global village and is situated on the path of three major fibre-optic cables, thereby assisting both businesses and residents to take advantage of the speed and variety of today’s latest information technologies, including wireless broadband. The National Broadband Network is currently being rolled out across the City, with the infrastructure aiming to become active in 2014.

For information on the NBN Roll Out and when it will begin construction in your area click here. 

The lifestyle

Dubbo’s quality of life continues to attract new residents and visitors alike with its cultural diversity, welcoming, vibrant society, bountiful native flora and fauna and low-stress environment.

The City’s informal ethos is one of progress, diversity and opportunity, and combines the attributes of a large population centre with the familiarity and generosity of spirit typical of communities in western NSW.