South East Queensland

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in South East Queensland, comprising 17.7% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.2% 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

Please note that data within the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Counts of Australian Business is subject to perturbation for confidentiality reasons. The ABS randomises LGA business counts for industries or totals between 1 and 3. If no counts are recorded, zero will be shown. If 3 or more, the number will be shown. This perturbation means sub-totals may not add up to high-level totals.
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Registered businesses by industry
South East Queensland - total registered businesses20232022change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2022 to 2023
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing11,7903.28.411,7683.28.4+22
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1710.30.31,1360.30.3+35
Wholesale Trade11,8683.22.911,7683.22.9+100
Retail Trade22,7226.15.922,6126.25.9+110
Accommodation and Food Services14,5643.93.914,2793.93.9+285
Transport, Postal and Warehousing28,9107.87.327,4497.57.3+1,461
Information Media and Telecommunications3,4740.90.83,4701.00.8+4
Financial and Insurance Services17,3524.74.116,8024.64.1+550
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services45,70412.311.745,18112.411.7+523
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services52,87814.212.451,58214.212.4+1,296
Administrative and Support Services18,2234.94.617,7584.94.6+465
Public Administration and Safety1,0100.30.39880.30.3+22
Education and Training6,3371.71.66,2291.71.6+108
Health Care and Social Assistance30,3048.17.528,2527.87.5+2,052
Arts and Recreation Services5,7011.51.45,5151.51.4+186
Other Services19,4255.25.618,9735.25.6+452
Industry not classified3100.10.13090.10.1+1
Total Businesses372,664100.0100.0363,661100.0100.0+9,003

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits. 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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