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Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in City of Darwin, comprising 15.8% of all total registered businesses, compared to 19.0% 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 businesses20202019change
IndustryNumber%. % Northern TerritoryNumber%. % Northern Territory2019 to 2020
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1311.85.81402.05.8-9
Mining270.40.5290.40.5-2
Manufacturing2183.03.12213.13.1-3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services240.30.3220.30.3+2
Construction1,15315.819.01,21317.119.0-60
Wholesale Trade1341.82.11331.92.1+1
Retail Trade4115.66.13975.66.1+14
Accommodation and Food Services3825.24.93765.34.9+6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing75810.48.86208.78.8+138
Information Media and Telecommunications570.80.6580.80.6-1
Financial and Insurance Services5387.46.25207.36.2+18
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,06814.712.81,07115.112.8-3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services86711.99.684511.99.6+22
Administrative and Support Services3835.34.93454.94.9+38
Public Administration and Safety380.50.5370.50.5+1
Education and Training1021.41.3851.21.3+17
Health Care and Social Assistance4976.85.74967.05.7+1
Arts and Recreation Services1031.41.41051.51.4-2
Other Services3655.05.93655.15.90
Industry not classified260.40.3180.30.3+8
Total business7,282100.0100.07,096100.0100.0+186

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2020 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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