Byron Shire is located in the far north coast of NSW in a region known as the Northern Rivers. The Shire is famous for its beaches, hinterland and villages. The Cape Byron Lighthouse sits atop the most easterly point in Australia.

The Shire’s population is diverse and colourful including surfers, farmers and those committed to alternative lifestyles and philosophies.

Data for this website has been sourced from Council’s financial statements, Council’s annual report and Council’s data returns. The website also refers to data from a number of agencies and entities. Please refer to the data page of this website for links to definitions, information on performance measures, benchmarks, OLG Groups and the data sources that have been used.

Please contact Council if you would like any further details or explanations regarding individual results and any differences between your Council’s performance and that of another council.

Contacting Council

70 Station Street
Mullumbimby NSW 2482
Postal Address:
PO Box 219, Mullumbimby NSW 2482
Phone: 02 6626 7000
Fax: 02 6684 3018

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 36,077
Area (Km2) 565.8
Council Classification Regional Town/City
OLG Group 4
State Planning Region North Coast
JO Region Northern Rivers

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 9 9
Population per Councillor (No.) 4,009 4,078
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 398 376
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 125,823,000 140,174,680
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 114,750,000 108,998,400
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 15 17
Population Density (residents per Km2) 64 35
* A NSW council group is determined firstly by whether they are Urban or Rural in nature, and then by population size and density. Please refer to OLG Groups in data tab on website for more information on how individual councils are classified. An OLG group average is then calculated by the average of the same group number eg. All Group 5 Regional Towns/City or all Group 8 Rural.

Your Public Facilities

Result Group Avg.
Public Swimming Pool Complexes (inc rock pools) (No.) 2 2
Public Halls (No.) 16 14
Public Libraries (No.) Not recorded 3
Open Public Space (ha) 280 921
Total Road Length (km) 609 1,354

Demographics of Population

under 20 years
20 - 59 years
60 years and older

Council population (%)

Group population (%)


population change last 5 years

Source: ABS, Estimated Resident Population (ERP)

Your Local Population

Latest Outcome Group Avg.
Five Year Population Change (%) 6.1 4
Population aged under 20 years (%) 16.3 18.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 65.6 60.6
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 18.1 21
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 2 6
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 7 10
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 98 61

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 4.4 4.3
Avg Taxable Income ($) 48,906 54,176
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.4 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 269,203,070 123,266,119
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 4,918 3,422

Largest Industry Employer

Health Care & Social Assistance