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Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in City of Darwin, comprising 17.1% of all total registered businesses, compared to 19.8% in Northern Territory.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are City of Darwin 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 City of Darwin 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
City of Darwin - total registered businesses20192018change
IndustryNumber%. % Northern TerritoryNumber%. % Northern Territory2018 to 2019
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1402.06.11301.96.1+10
Mining280.40.5320.50.5-4
Manufacturing2203.13.22293.33.2-9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services190.30.3220.30.3-3
Construction1,21717.119.81,27518.219.8-58
Wholesale Trade1341.92.21422.02.2-8
Retail Trade3935.56.13885.66.1+5
Accommodation and Food Services3735.35.13695.35.1+4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6248.88.04957.18.0+129
Information Media and Telecommunications560.80.7420.60.7+14
Financial and Insurance Services5177.36.15207.46.1-3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,07315.113.01,08415.513.0-11
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services84311.99.583512.09.5+8
Administrative and Support Services3494.94.63224.64.6+27
Public Administration and Safety410.60.5440.60.5-3
Education and Training841.21.2921.31.2-8
Health Care and Social Assistance4957.05.54856.95.5+10
Arts and Recreation Services1061.51.31081.51.3-2
Other Services3575.05.93454.95.9+12
Industry not classified300.40.3280.40.3+2
Total business7,099100.0100.06,987100.0100.0+112

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 the population experts

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