Inverell is situated on the Macintyre River in the central New England Tablelands, on the Gwydir Highway, which connects western New South Wales with the eastern seaboard.

The Shire boasts rich farm and grazing land, including large mineral deposits, particularly tin and sapphires, with the area producing the majority of the world’s sapphires.

The Shire features diverse retail, manufacturing, professional services, construction and agricultural sectors which are all major contributors to the local economy. Tourism, in particular, is a growing industry in the Shire.

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

144 Otho Street
Inverell NSW 2360
Postal Address:
PO Box 138, Inverell NSW 2360
Phone: 02 6728 8288
Fax: 02 6728 8277

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 17,919
Area (Km2) 9,404.80
Council Classification Large Rural
OLG Group 11
State Planning Region New England North West
JO Region New England

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 9 9
Population per Councillor (No.) 1,991 1,558
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 193 176
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 58,089,000 62,597,889
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 48,384,000 50,287,889
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 26 21
Population Density (residents per Km2) 2 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.) 2 2
Public Halls (No.) 16 10
Public Libraries (No.) 1 2
Open Public Space (ha) 260 301
Total Road Length (km) 2,313 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 (%) 6.6 1.7
Population aged under 20 years (%) 19.6 19.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 58.7 58.5
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 21.8 22.1
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 9 7
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 3 11
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 11 44

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 2.6 3.5
Avg Taxable Income ($) 46,904 53,624
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.4 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 0 16,769,104
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 1,711 1,501

Largest Industry Employer

Health Care & Social Assistance