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Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Willoughby City, comprising 22.4% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.2% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Willoughby City 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 Willoughby City 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
Willoughby City - Total registered businesses20152012Change
IndustryNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2012 to 2015
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1341.27.81621.48.1-28
Mining210.20.2180.20.2+4
Manufacturing2662.33.72842.43.9-17
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services190.20.3250.20.3-7
Construction8597.615.48026.915.0+57
Wholesale Trade6095.44.06375.54.1-28
Retail Trade5685.06.46275.46.8-59
Accommodation and Food Services4704.14.24323.74.0+38
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2672.36.22762.46.3-9
Information Media and Telecommunications2772.41.22892.51.2-12
Financial and Insurance Services1,51213.38.91,45512.58.0+57
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,64814.511.31,63114.110.7+17
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,53922.413.22,56422.112.9-25
Administrative and Support Services5124.54.05264.54.2-14
Public Administration and Safety270.20.4270.20.4+1
Education and Training2111.91.42021.71.3+8
Health Care and Social Assistance9308.25.98767.65.2+54
Arts and Recreation Services1371.21.31471.31.4-10
Other Services3483.14.13653.14.0-17
Industry not classified------2512.22.0--

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2011 to 2015 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 2015
Registered businesses by industry 2015 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, New South Wales: 7.8% Mining, New South Wales: 0.2% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 3.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.3% Construction, New South Wales: 15.4% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 4.0% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 6.4% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 4.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 6.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 8.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 11.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 13.2% 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: 4.1% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Willoughby City: 1.2% Mining, Willoughby City: 0.2% Manufacturing, Willoughby City: 2.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Willoughby City: 0.2% Construction, Willoughby City: 7.6% Wholesale Trade, Willoughby City: 5.4% Retail Trade, Willoughby City: 5.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Willoughby City: 4.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Willoughby City: 2.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Willoughby City: 2.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Willoughby City: 13.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Willoughby City: 14.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Willoughby City: 22.4% Administrative and Support Services, Willoughby City: 4.5% Public Administration and Safety, Willoughby City: 0.2% Education and Training, Willoughby City: 1.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Willoughby City: 8.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Willoughby City: 1.2% Other Services, Willoughby City: 3.1%
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 2015
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2012 to 2015 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Willoughby City: -28 Mining, Willoughby City: +4 Manufacturing, Willoughby City: -17 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Willoughby City: -7 Construction, Willoughby City: +57 Wholesale Trade, Willoughby City: -28 Retail Trade, Willoughby City: -59 Accommodation and Food Services, Willoughby City: +38 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Willoughby City: -9 Information Media and Telecommunications, Willoughby City: -12 Financial and Insurance Services, Willoughby City: +57 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Willoughby City: +17 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Willoughby City: -25 Administrative and Support Services, Willoughby City: -14 Public Administration and Safety, Willoughby City: +1 Education and Training, Willoughby City: +8 Health Care and Social Assistance, Willoughby City: +54 Arts and Recreation Services, Willoughby City: -10 Other Services, Willoughby City: -17
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2011 to 2015 Cat. No. 8165.0
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