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West Coast Council area

Businesses by industry

The Accommodation and Food Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in West Coast Council area, comprising 20.8% of all total registered businesses, compared to 5.4% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in West 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 West 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
West Coast Council area - Total registered businesses20162012Change
IndustryNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2012 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2211.515.12812.416.0-6
Mining73.60.3135.80.4-6
Manufacturing115.74.441.84.4+7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services00.00.231.30.3-3
Construction2513.015.32511.115.70
Wholesale Trade31.62.600.02.8+3
Retail Trade2513.07.42912.98.2-4
Accommodation and Food Services4020.85.44419.65.3-4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing126.35.6208.95.5-8
Information Media and Telecommunications00.00.600.00.60
Financial and Insurance Services126.37.1114.96.2+1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services115.79.9198.49.6-8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services84.29.062.78.8+2
Administrative and Support Services63.12.862.72.70
Public Administration and Safety00.00.400.00.30
Education and Training00.00.900.01.00
Health Care and Social Assistance31.66.031.35.40
Arts and Recreation Services00.01.331.31.3-3
Other Services42.14.673.14.4-3
Industry not classified31.61.041.81.3-1

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, Tasmania: 15.1% Mining, Tasmania: 0.3% Manufacturing, Tasmania: 4.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Tasmania: 0.2% Construction, Tasmania: 15.3% Wholesale Trade, Tasmania: 2.6% Retail Trade, Tasmania: 7.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Tasmania: 5.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Tasmania: 5.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Tasmania: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Tasmania: 7.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Tasmania: 9.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Tasmania: 9.0% Administrative and Support Services, Tasmania: 2.8% Public Administration and Safety, Tasmania: 0.4% Education and Training, Tasmania: 0.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Tasmania: 6.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Tasmania: 1.3% Other Services, Tasmania: 4.6% Industry not classified, Tasmania: 1.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, West Coast Council area: 11.5% Mining, West Coast Council area: 3.6% Manufacturing, West Coast Council area: 5.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Construction, West Coast Council area: 13.0% Wholesale Trade, West Coast Council area: 1.6% Retail Trade, West Coast Council area: 13.0% Accommodation and Food Services, West Coast Council area: 20.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, West Coast Council area: 6.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Financial and Insurance Services, West Coast Council area: 6.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, West Coast Council area: 5.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, West Coast Council area: 4.2% Administrative and Support Services, West Coast Council area: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Education and Training, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, West Coast Council area: 1.6% Arts and Recreation Services, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Other Services, West Coast Council area: 2.1% Industry not classified, West Coast Council area: 1.6%
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, West Coast Council area: -6 Mining, West Coast Council area: -6 Manufacturing, West Coast Council area: +7 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, West Coast Council area: -3 Construction, West Coast Council area: 0 Wholesale Trade, West Coast Council area: +3 Retail Trade, West Coast Council area: -4 Accommodation and Food Services, West Coast Council area: -4 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, West Coast Council area: -8 Information Media and Telecommunications, West Coast Council area: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, West Coast Council area: +1 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, West Coast Council area: -8 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, West Coast Council area: +2 Administrative and Support Services, West Coast Council area: 0 Public Administration and Safety, West Coast Council area: 0 Education and Training, West Coast Council area: 0 Health Care and Social Assistance, West Coast Council area: 0 Arts and Recreation Services, West Coast Council area: -3 Other Services, West Coast Council area: -3 Industry not classified, West Coast Council area: -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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