Mining and resources continue to play a significant part in the East Arnhem economy, with Rio Tinto’s Gove Operations bauxite extraction activities set to continue for approximately the next decade.
East Arnhem is well represented by various government departments and services, with regionalised service delivery converging in Nhulunbuy and extending services out into the region.
Health care and social assistance – which includes hospitals, medical and other health care services, residential care services, and social assistance services – employed 852 people in East Arnhem in 2018/19, and is the region’s second largest employment sector.
Regional aviation is a growing sector within and around the 33,6062 kilometres of the East Arnhem region. There is ongoing and future demand for the delivery of general aviation passenger and cargo-based services with significant aviation-related infrastructure to support market and operator expansion.
East Arnhem’s construction sector provides a substantial contribution to the local economy and has capacity for further growth and development. There is a range of locally available construction trades, including industry qualified teams across the building, civil and other technical professions.
The region is supported by a range of schools, vocational training and university supported research and training schemes. There are 12 primary and secondary schools, and six early childhood/childcare schools within the East Arnhem region.
In 2018/19 the transport, freight and logistics sector contributed $49.4 million worth of output into East Arnhem’s economy and employed 234 people.