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West Coast Council area

Businesses by industry

The Accommodation and Food Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in West Coast Council area, comprising 23.0% of all total registered businesses, compared to 5.7% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the West Coast Council area 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 West Coast Council area 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
West Coast Council area - total registered businesses20192018change
IndustryNumber%. % TasmaniaNumber%. % Tasmania2018 to 2019
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing168.214.22110.714.2-5
Mining63.10.384.10.3-2
Manufacturing94.64.5105.14.5-1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services000.3000.30
Construction2613.315.83015.215.8-4
Wholesale Trade002.6002.60
Retail Trade2211.26.62010.26.6+2
Accommodation and Food Services4523.05.74623.45.7-1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing199.76.5126.16.5+7
Information Media and Telecommunications000.6000.60
Financial and Insurance Services115.66.8157.66.8-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services94.69.7147.19.7-5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services115.69.463.09.4+5
Administrative and Support Services42.03.252.53.2-1
Public Administration and Safety31.50.3000.3+3
Education and Training001.0001.00
Health Care and Social Assistance31.56.331.56.30
Arts and Recreation Services001.3001.30
Other Services94.64.542.04.5+5
Industry not classified31.50.231.50.20
Total business196100.0100.0197100.0100.0-1

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2019 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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