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Economic Value of the South Australian Oyster Industry

Business turnover impacts

  • The total direct business turnover (output) equated to $35.7 million in 2018/19.
  • Direct business turnover generated in SA oyster farming enterprises summed to $20.5 million in 2018/19.
  • The output generated in SA by associated downstream activities (processing, transport, retail and food service) summed to $15.3 million in 2018/19.
  • Flow-ons to other sectors of the State economy added another $36.1 million in business turnover in 2018/19. The sectors most affected were the trade, manufacturing and property and business sectors. 

Value added effects 

  • In 2018/19, total oyster farming-related value added in South Australia was over $44.1 million, $15.9 million generated by oyster farming directly, $7.3 million generated directly by downstream activities and almost $20.8 million generated in other sectors of the state economy. 


  • In 2018/19, SA oyster farming was responsible for the direct employment of approximately 212 people and downstream activities created employment for approximately 115 people.
  • Flow-on business activity was estimated to generate a further 162 jobs. These jobs were concentrated in the trade (30), manufacturing (12) and business services (24) sectors.
  • In total the South Australian oyster industry provided 489 jobs for the state of South Australia in 2018/19.

Data sourced from Department of Primary Industries and Regions – Economic Impact Report 2018-2019

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