Cowra Shire

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Cowra Shire, comprising 37.6% of all total registered businesses, compared to 6.3% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are Cowra Shire 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 Cowra Shire 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
Cowra Shire - total registered businesses20222021change
IndustryNumber%. % New South WalesNumber%. % New South Wales2021 to 2022
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing52137.66.351939.26.3+2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services40.30.340.30.30
Wholesale Trade392.83.5433.33.5-4
Retail Trade785.66.0755.76.0+3
Accommodation and Food Services564.04.4544.14.4+2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing836.07.4735.57.4+10
Information Media and Telecommunications40.
Financial and Insurance Services241.75.3231.75.3+1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services856.111.2745.611.2+11
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services715.114.0665.014.0+5
Administrative and Support Services453.24.7372.84.7+8
Public Administration and Safety30.20.330.20.30
Education and Training130.91.7110.81.7+2
Health Care and Social Assistance614.46.8503.86.8+11
Arts and Recreation Services201.41.5211.61.5-1
Other Services745.34.6715.44.6+3
Industry not classified000.1000.10
Total business1,385100.0100.01,323100.0100.0+62

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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