Gunnedah Shire is in the north west slopes of NSW, adjacent to the Liverpool Plains and framed by the Nandewar Ranges, in the Namoi River Valley.

The Namoi Valley is considered to be one of Australia’s richest pockets of agricultural land and is also located on one of Australia’s wealthiest mineral seams. The Shire is known as the Koala Capital of the world.

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

63 Elgin Street
Gunnedah NSW 2380
Postal Address:
PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380
Phone: 02 6740 2100
Fax: 02 6740 2119

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 13,085
Area (Km2) 4,987.00
Council Classification Large Rural
OLG Group 11
State Planning Region New England North West
JO Region Namoi

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 9 9
Population per Councillor (No.) 1,454 1,558
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 182 176
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 73,258,000 62,597,889
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 46,503,000 50,287,889
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 18 21
Population Density (residents per Km2) 3 4
* 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.) 1 1
Public Halls (No.) 15 10
Public Libraries (No.) 1 2
Open Public Space (ha) 518 301
Total Road Length (km) 1,470 1,728

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 (%) 4 1.7
Population aged under 20 years (%) 22.9 19.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 58.7 58.5
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 18.4 22.1
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 13 7
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 2 11
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 46 44

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 5.7 3.5
Avg Taxable Income ($) 59,493 53,624
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.5 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 40,605,895 16,769,104
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 1,562 1,501

Largest Industry Employer

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing