City of Adelaide

Businesses by industry

The Financial and Insurance Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in City of Adelaide, comprising 37.1% of all total registered businesses, compared to 10.3% in South Australia.

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

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.

Data source

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

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Registered businesses by industry
City of Adelaide - Total registered businesses20182017change
IndustryNumber%. % South AustraliaNumber%. % South Australia2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2311.511.62401.512.1-9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services210.10.4190.10.3+2
Wholesale Trade3762.43.43442.23.4+32
Retail Trade5573.65.65593.65.8-2
Accommodation and Food Services8015.24.07805.04.0+21
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1791.26.61410.95.9+38
Information Media and Telecommunications1360.90.61280.80.6+8
Financial and Insurance Services5,74037.110.35,98138.610.5-241
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,14713.911.52,08213.411.6+65
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,02813.19.31,99212.99.3+36
Administrative and Support Services3752.43.63772.43.4-2
Public Administration and Safety340.20.3250.20.3+9
Education and Training1681.11.01611.01.0+7
Health Care and Social Assistance9956.46.11,0056.56.0-10
Arts and Recreation Services970.61.0980.61.0-1
Other Services3062.04.22721.84.1+34
Industry not classified1310.80.91460.90.9-15
Total business15,475100.0100.015,493100.0100.0-18

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income. .id the population experts

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

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