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Businesses by industry

The Financial and Insurance Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the City of Adelaide, comprising 39.2% of all total registered businesses, compared to 10.5% in South Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in City of Adelaide within each industry sector using the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Business Register which itself is derived from the GST register held by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Businesses are included if they are registered with the ATO, with an ABN used within the previous two financial years. Businesses are split up between employing and non-employing businesses. Non-employing businesses may include sole traders and registered ABNs which are part of larger enterprises.

The distribution of businesses may reflect the industry structure of the area, or may differ significantly. For instance, the largest industry in an area may consist of one very large business, with a large number of employees, while a sector with a lower value added could have a lot of small and micro businesses.

The number of businesses in the City of Adelaide should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Value added datasets to see the relative size of industries, and with Employment locations data to see where business employment occurs within the area.

Please note that this data set has several limitations which are explained in the data notes for this topic. Business register counts are an approximation to LGA boundaries based on SA2 level data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As such, they may not exactly match figures sourced directly from the ATO, due to boundary issues and the application of ABS randomisation to the dataset. Notably, public sector institutions are not recorded which has a significant impact on the numbers for Health Care, Education and Public Administration and Safety.

Australian Bureau of Statistics – Business register – originally sourced from ATO data

Registered businesses by industry
City of Adelaide - Total registered businesses20162012Change
IndustryNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2012 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2531.712.42711.813.2-18
Mining800.50.3840.50.4-4
Manufacturing2661.74.33312.24.6-65
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services160.10.3310.20.4-15
Construction7094.614.76984.614.9+11
Wholesale Trade3032.03.43422.23.5-39
Retail Trade5863.86.06794.46.6-93
Accommodation and Food Services7615.03.97815.13.6-20
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1210.85.51841.25.8-63
Information Media and Telecommunications1330.90.61380.90.6-5
Financial and Insurance Services5,99239.210.55,77737.89.4+215
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,00313.111.61,90212.410.9+101
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,94212.79.41,88812.49.3+54
Administrative and Support Services3792.53.44162.73.5-37
Public Administration and Safety210.10.2310.20.3-10
Education and Training1731.11.01681.11.0+5
Health Care and Social Assistance9576.35.99186.05.2+39
Arts and Recreation Services1050.71.01060.71.0-1
Other Services2741.84.22931.94.2-19
Industry not classified2081.41.22471.61.6-39

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2012 to 2016 Cat. No. 8165.0

Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income.

Registered businesses by industry 2016
Registered businesses by industry 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, South Australia: 12.4% Mining, South Australia: 0.3% Manufacturing, South Australia: 4.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South Australia: 0.3% Construction, South Australia: 14.7% Wholesale Trade, South Australia: 3.4% Retail Trade, South Australia: 6.0% Accommodation and Food Services, South Australia: 3.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South Australia: 5.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, South Australia: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, South Australia: 10.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South Australia: 11.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South Australia: 9.4% Administrative and Support Services, South Australia: 3.4% Public Administration and Safety, South Australia: 0.2% Education and Training, South Australia: 1.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, South Australia: 5.9% Arts and Recreation Services, South Australia: 1.0% Other Services, South Australia: 4.2% Industry not classified, South Australia: 1.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: 1.7% Mining, City of Adelaide: 0.5% Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: 1.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Construction, City of Adelaide: 4.6% Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: 2.0% Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: 3.8% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: 5.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: 0.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: 0.9% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: 39.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: 13.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: 12.7% Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: 2.5% Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Education and Training, City of Adelaide: 1.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: 6.3% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: 0.7% Other Services, City of Adelaide: 1.8% Industry not classified, City of Adelaide: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2011 to 2015 Cat. No. 8165.0
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2012 to 2016
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2012 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: -18 Mining, City of Adelaide: -4 Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: -65 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: -15 Construction, City of Adelaide: +11 Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: -39 Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: -93 Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: -20 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: -63 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: -5 Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: +215 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: +101 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: +54 Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: -37 Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: -10 Education and Training, City of Adelaide: +5 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: +39 Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: -1 Other Services, City of Adelaide: -19 Industry not classified, City of Adelaide: -39
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2011 to 2015 Cat. No. 8165.0
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