City of Adelaide

Businesses by industry

The Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in City of Adelaide, comprising 19.9% of all total registered businesses, compared to 12.2% in South Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the 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.

Data source

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

Number of employees:
Comparison year:
Registered businesses by industry
City of Adelaide - total registered businesses20222021change
IndustryNumber%. % South AustraliaNumber%. % South Australia2021 to 2022
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2271.910.72261.910.7+1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services400.30.4370.30.4+3
Wholesale Trade5224.33.54914.23.5+31
Retail Trade5834.85.95564.85.9+27
Accommodation and Food Services9447.74.38897.64.3+55
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1991.67.51881.67.5+11
Information Media and Telecommunications1611.30.71531.30.7+8
Financial and Insurance Services1,2039.84.11,1349.74.1+69
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,44419.912.22,30919.812.2+135
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,31218.910.42,21119.010.4+101
Administrative and Support Services4113.44.43993.44.4+12
Public Administration and Safety220.20.3220.20.30
Education and Training2201.81.22061.81.2+14
Health Care and Social Assistance1,0908.97.11,0539.07.1+37
Arts and Recreation Services1201.01.21161.01.2+4
Other Services3382.84.93312.84.9+7
Industry not classified340.30.1380.30.1-4
Total business12,265100.0100.011,642100.0100.0+623

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2021 Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income. .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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