South East Queensland

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in South East Queensland, comprising 17.8% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.3% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the South East Queensland 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 South East Queensland 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

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Registered businesses by industry
South East Queensland - total registered businesses20222021change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2021 to 2022
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing11,7213.28.611,4333.38.6+288
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1380.30.31,0590.30.3+79
Wholesale Trade11,7763.23.011,5493.43.0+227
Retail Trade22,6006.26.021,1036.16.0+1,497
Accommodation and Food Services14,3503.94.013,7344.04.0+616
Transport, Postal and Warehousing27,3307.57.127,2127.97.1+118
Information Media and Telecommunications3,4781.00.83,2871.00.8+191
Financial and Insurance Services16,7884.64.115,8684.64.1+920
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services45,15912.411.842,79612.511.8+2,363
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services51,55214.212.348,84314.212.3+2,709
Administrative and Support Services17,7814.94.616,4344.84.6+1,347
Public Administration and Safety9850.30.39510.30.3+34
Education and Training6,1941.71.65,8251.71.6+369
Health Care and Social Assistance28,1827.87.225,7257.57.2+2,457
Arts and Recreation Services5,5301.51.45,0511.51.4+479
Other Services18,9945.25.517,1225.05.5+1,872
Industry not classified4420.10.14280.10.1+14
Total business363,553100.0100.0343,685100.0100.0+19,868

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)

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