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Central Coast Council area

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Central Coast Council area, comprising 22.8% of all total registered businesses, compared to 15.5% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Central Coast Council area 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 Central Coast Council area 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
Central Coast Council area - Total registered businesses20162012Change
IndustryNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2012 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5352.47.35662.68.1-31
Mining460.20.2410.20.2+5
Manufacturing8974.13.69954.63.9-98
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services760.30.3980.40.3-22
Construction5,01822.815.54,85622.315.0+162
Wholesale Trade7033.23.87293.34.1-26
Retail Trade1,4286.56.11,5727.26.8-144
Accommodation and Food Services9614.44.28313.84.0+130
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,0334.76.31,1265.26.3-93
Information Media and Telecommunications2181.01.22251.01.2-7
Financial and Insurance Services1,7658.09.11,4326.68.0+333
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,19610.011.12,16910.010.7+27
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,61211.813.02,71112.412.9-99
Administrative and Support Services9334.24.09354.34.2-2
Public Administration and Safety1180.50.41020.50.4+16
Education and Training3671.71.43471.61.3+20
Health Care and Social Assistance1,4366.55.91,2915.95.2+145
Arts and Recreation Services3451.61.33561.61.4-11
Other Services1,0995.04.01,1135.14.0-14
Industry not classified2591.21.43021.42.0-43

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, New South Wales: 7.3% Mining, New South Wales: 0.2% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 3.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.3% Construction, New South Wales: 15.5% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 3.8% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 6.1% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 4.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 6.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 9.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 11.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 13.0% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 4.0% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 0.4% Education and Training, New South Wales: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 5.9% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.3% Other Services, New South Wales: 4.0% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 1.4% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Central Coast Council area: 2.4% Mining, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Manufacturing, Central Coast Council area: 4.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Central Coast Council area: 0.3% Construction, Central Coast Council area: 22.8% Wholesale Trade, Central Coast Council area: 3.2% Retail Trade, Central Coast Council area: 6.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Central Coast Council area: 4.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Central Coast Council area: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Central Coast Council area: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Central Coast Council area: 8.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Central Coast Council area: 10.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Central Coast Council area: 11.8% Administrative and Support Services, Central Coast Council area: 4.2% Public Administration and Safety, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Education and Training, Central Coast Council area: 1.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Central Coast Council area: 6.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Central Coast Council area: 1.6% Other Services, Central Coast Council area: 5.0% Industry not classified, Central Coast Council area: 1.2%
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, Central Coast Council area: -31 Mining, Central Coast Council area: +5 Manufacturing, Central Coast Council area: -98 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Central Coast Council area: -22 Construction, Central Coast Council area: +162 Wholesale Trade, Central Coast Council area: -26 Retail Trade, Central Coast Council area: -144 Accommodation and Food Services, Central Coast Council area: +130 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Central Coast Council area: -93 Information Media and Telecommunications, Central Coast Council area: -7 Financial and Insurance Services, Central Coast Council area: +333 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Central Coast Council area: +27 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Central Coast Council area: -99 Administrative and Support Services, Central Coast Council area: -2 Public Administration and Safety, Central Coast Council area: +16 Education and Training, Central Coast Council area: +20 Health Care and Social Assistance, Central Coast Council area: +145 Arts and Recreation Services, Central Coast Council area: -11 Other Services, Central Coast Council area: -14 Industry not classified, Central Coast Council area: -43
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2011 to 2015 Cat. No. 8165.0
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