Businesses by industry
The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Cairns, comprising 17.9% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.0% in Queensland.
Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Cairns 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 Cairns 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|
|Cairns - Total registered businesses||2018||2014||Change|
|Industry||Number||%||Queensland %||Number||%||Queensland %||2014 to 2018|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||749||5.4||9.2||749||5.6||10.3||-1||23001|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||29||0.2||0.3||36||0.3||0.3||-7||23004|
|Accommodation and Food Services||761||5.4||4.0||746||5.6||3.9||+15||23008|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||1,183||8.5||7.1||988||7.4||5.9||+195||23009|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||100||0.7||0.7||91||0.7||0.7||+9||23010|
|Financial and Insurance Services||1,097||7.9||8.4||907||6.8||7.6||+191||23011|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||1,636||11.7||11.4||1,721||13.0||11.6||-85||23012|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||1,415||10.1||11.1||1,257||9.5||10.9||+157||23013|
|Administrative and Support Services||659||4.7||4.0||591||4.5||3.8||+68||23014|
|Public Administration and Safety||60||0.4||0.3||44||0.3||0.3||+16||23015|
|Education and Training||197||1.4||1.4||186||1.4||1.3||+11||23016|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||843||6.0||5.8||680||5.1||5.2||+162||23017|
|Arts and Recreation Services||166||1.2||1.1||149||1.1||1.2||+17||23018|
|Industry not classified||125||0.9||0.9||154||1.2||1.5||-29||23020|
Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income.