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Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Canberra Region, comprising 26.2% of all total registered businesses, compared to 7.3% in NSW.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Canberra Region 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 Canberra Region 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
Canberra Region - Total registered businesses20162012Change
IndustryNumber%NSW %Number%NSW %2012 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5,92226.27.35,05824.68.1+864
Mining530.20.2380.20.2+15
Manufacturing7473.33.67413.63.9+6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services940.40.3610.30.3+33
Construction4,00917.715.53,73318.115.0+276
Wholesale Trade4672.13.84352.14.1+32
Retail Trade1,3936.26.11,4216.96.8-28
Accommodation and Food Services1,1104.94.21,0535.14.0+57
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,2755.66.31,1615.66.3+114
Information Media and Telecommunications860.41.2950.51.2-9
Financial and Insurance Services1,1295.09.18194.08.0+310
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,6317.211.11,4917.210.7+140
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,6697.413.01,6257.912.9+44
Administrative and Support Services5932.64.06123.04.2-19
Public Administration and Safety330.10.4530.30.4-20
Education and Training2361.01.42141.01.3+22
Health Care and Social Assistance7803.45.96723.35.2+108
Arts and Recreation Services2821.21.32781.31.4+4
Other Services8863.94.08254.04.0+61
Industry not classified2110.91.42121.02.0-1

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, NSW: 7.3% Mining, NSW: 0.2% Manufacturing, NSW: 3.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, NSW: 0.3% Construction, NSW: 15.5% Wholesale Trade, NSW: 3.8% Retail Trade, NSW: 6.1% Accommodation and Food Services, NSW: 4.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, NSW: 6.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, NSW: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, NSW: 9.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, NSW: 11.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, NSW: 13.0% Administrative and Support Services, NSW: 4.0% Public Administration and Safety, NSW: 0.4% Education and Training, NSW: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, NSW: 5.9% Arts and Recreation Services, NSW: 1.3% Other Services, NSW: 4.0% Industry not classified, NSW: 1.4% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Canberra Region: 26.2% Mining, Canberra Region: 0.2% Manufacturing, Canberra Region: 3.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Canberra Region: 0.4% Construction, Canberra Region: 17.7% Wholesale Trade, Canberra Region: 2.1% Retail Trade, Canberra Region: 6.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Canberra Region: 4.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Canberra Region: 5.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Canberra Region: 0.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Canberra Region: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Canberra Region: 7.2% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Canberra Region: 7.4% Administrative and Support Services, Canberra Region: 2.6% Public Administration and Safety, Canberra Region: 0.1% Education and Training, Canberra Region: 1.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Canberra Region: 3.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Canberra Region: 1.2% Other Services, Canberra Region: 3.9% Industry not classified, Canberra Region: 0.9%
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, Canberra Region: +864 Mining, Canberra Region: +15 Manufacturing, Canberra Region: +6 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Canberra Region: +33 Construction, Canberra Region: +276 Wholesale Trade, Canberra Region: +32 Retail Trade, Canberra Region: -28 Accommodation and Food Services, Canberra Region: +57 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Canberra Region: +114 Information Media and Telecommunications, Canberra Region: -9 Financial and Insurance Services, Canberra Region: +310 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Canberra Region: +140 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Canberra Region: +44 Administrative and Support Services, Canberra Region: -19 Public Administration and Safety, Canberra Region: -20 Education and Training, Canberra Region: +22 Health Care and Social Assistance, Canberra Region: +108 Arts and Recreation Services, Canberra Region: +4 Other Services, Canberra Region: +61 Industry not classified, Canberra Region: -1
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2011 to 2015 Cat. No. 8165.0
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