Canberra Region

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Canberra Region, comprising 20.5% of all total registered businesses, compared to 6.3% in NSW.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the Canberra Region 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 Canberra Region 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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Comparison year:
Registered businesses by industry
Canberra Region - total registered businesses20222021change
IndustryNumber%. % NSWNumber%. % NSW2021 to 2022
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6,42020.56.36,28221.26.3+138
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1120.40.31030.30.3+9
Wholesale Trade6902.23.56802.33.5+10
Retail Trade1,8295.86.01,7605.96.0+69
Accommodation and Food Services1,6655.34.41,5755.34.4+90
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,5334.97.41,4474.97.4+86
Information Media and Telecommunications2010.61.21820.61.2+19
Financial and Insurance Services7322.35.36662.25.3+66
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,4557.811.22,3087.811.2+147
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,22710.314.02,98310.114.0+244
Administrative and Support Services1,2213.94.71,1053.74.7+116
Public Administration and Safety680.20.3590.20.3+9
Education and Training4171.31.74021.41.7+15
Health Care and Social Assistance1,3884.46.81,2814.36.8+107
Arts and Recreation Services4331.41.54121.41.5+21
Other Services1,4334.64.61,3484.54.6+85
Industry not classified400.10.1380.10.1+2
Total business31,302100.0100.029,660100.0100.0+1,642

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)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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