Kempsey Shire is located on the NSW Mid North Coast. The Shire offers lush rainforests, rivers, mountains, rural backdrops, beaches and National Parks.

The Shire is the birthplace of Slim Dusty and home to that famous Australian icon, the Akubra hat.

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

22 Tozer Street
West Kempsey NSW 2440
Postal Address:
PO Box 3078, West Kempsey NSW 2440
Phone: 02 6566 3200
Fax: 02 6566 3205

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 30,816
Area (Km2) 3,375.70
Council Classification Regional Town/City
OLG Group 4
State Planning Region North Coast
JO Region Mid North Coast

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 9 9
Population per Councillor (No.) 3,424 4,078
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 344 376
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 116,248,000 140,174,680
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 85,360,000 108,998,400
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 30 17
Population Density (residents per Km2) 9 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.) 4 4
Public Halls (No.) 13 14
Public Libraries (No.) 3 3
Open Public Space (ha) 616 921
Total Road Length (km) 1,261 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 (%) 4.3 4
Population aged under 20 years (%) 17 18.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 57.6 60.6
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 25.4 21
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 12 6
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 4 10
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 4 61

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 1.8 4.3
Avg Taxable Income ($) 42,740 54,176
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.4 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 84,366,958 123,266,119
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 2,241 3,422

Largest Industry Employer

Health Care & Social Assistance