Gunbalanya is located near the East Alligator River in western Arnhem Land, about 300 kilometres east of Darwin and 60 kilometres east of Jabiru.

It has a population of 1,281 residents.

2017 jobs profile


Key highlights

The 2017 profile highlights:

  • there were 230 filled jobs, of which:
    • 140 jobs (61%) were filled by Aboriginal peoples - a decrease of 20 jobs from 2014
    • 90 jobs (39%) were filled by non-Aboriginal peoples - an increase of five jobs from 2014
    • 31% of employed Aboriginal peoples are working in the private sector
    • Aboriginal peoples made up 61% of job holders in the town compared to 65% in 2014
    • Aboriginal females made up 47% of total Aboriginal filled jobs in the town compared to 38% in 2014
  • there were 43 vacant jobs, of which:
    • job vacancies as a percentage of jobs increased to 16% in 2017 from 10% in 2014
    • job vacancies equate to one in six jobs
    • 25 of the vacancies were in community and personal service workers and professional areas
  • Public administration and safety industry is the largest industry employer in 2016.
  • Agricultural, forestry and fishing, and education and training industries had decreases in filled jobs of 30 and 29 respectively between 2016 and 2013.
  • Training had a decrease in student numbers of 232 between 2016 and 2013.
  • Community services, health and education were the largest training activity sectors in 2016. This is despite a decrease of 78 students between 2016 and 2013.

Read the full 2017 job profile report for Gunbalanya.

Gunbalanya job profile PDF (2.1 MB)
Gunbalanya job profile DOCX (1.1 MB).

Past job profiles


Workforce planning

The community workplace planning guide PDF (2.3 MB) consists of tools and resources to assist service providers to overcome workforce challenges in remote Aboriginal communities. Find out more about remote community workforce plans.

The community workplace planning guide can be used with the workforce planning template for Gunbalanya DOCX (808.0 KB). This template is populated with data from the 2014 remote town job profiles.

For more information phone 08 8999 7758 or email

Last updated: 17 December 2018

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