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Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in City of Darwin, comprising 17.8% of all total registered businesses, compared to 19.9% in Northern Territory.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in 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.

Please note that this data set has several limitations which are explained in the data notes for this topic. Business register counts are an approximation to LGA boundaries based on SA2 level data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As such, they may not exactly match figures sourced directly from the ATO, due to boundary issues and the application of ABS randomisation to the dataset. Notably, public sector institutions are not recorded which has a significant impact on the numbers for Health Care, Education and Public Administration and Safety.

Australian Bureau of Statistics – Business register – originally sourced from ATO data

Registered businesses by industry
City of Darwin - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Northern Territory %Number%Northern Territory %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1341.96.41462.16.3-12
Mining290.40.5360.50.6-7
Manufacturing2383.43.42032.93.1+35
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services220.30.4190.30.4+3
Construction1,24717.819.91,33518.920.9-87
Wholesale Trade1321.92.11572.22.3-25
Retail Trade3685.36.03605.15.9+8
Accommodation and Food Services3605.25.03685.25.0-8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4846.97.04666.66.7+17
Information Media and Telecommunications500.70.6420.60.5+8
Financial and Insurance Services5688.16.65668.06.6+3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,08815.613.11,12515.913.3-37
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services82911.99.483211.89.3-4
Administrative and Support Services3024.34.22824.04.2+20
Public Administration and Safety390.60.6470.70.6-8
Education and Training791.11.3821.21.3-3
Health Care and Social Assistance4816.95.34746.75.1+8
Arts and Recreation Services1191.71.41091.51.3+10
Other Services3615.25.83384.85.4+24
Industry not classified610.90.9751.11.1-14

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0

Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income.

Registered businesses by industry 2018
Registered businesses by industry 2018 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Northern Territory: 6.4% Mining, Northern Territory: 0.5% Manufacturing, Northern Territory: 3.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Territory: 0.4% Construction, Northern Territory: 19.9% Wholesale Trade, Northern Territory: 2.1% Retail Trade, Northern Territory: 6.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Territory: 5.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Territory: 7.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Territory: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Territory: 6.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Territory: 13.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Territory: 9.4% Administrative and Support Services, Northern Territory: 4.2% Public Administration and Safety, Northern Territory: 0.6% Education and Training, Northern Territory: 1.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Territory: 5.3% Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Territory: 1.4% Other Services, Northern Territory: 5.8% Industry not classified, Northern Territory: 0.9% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Darwin: 1.9% Mining, City of Darwin: 0.4% Manufacturing, City of Darwin: 3.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Darwin: 0.3% Construction, City of Darwin: 17.8% Wholesale Trade, City of Darwin: 1.9% Retail Trade, City of Darwin: 5.3% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Darwin: 5.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Darwin: 6.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Darwin: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Darwin: 8.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Darwin: 15.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Darwin: 11.9% Administrative and Support Services, City of Darwin: 4.3% Public Administration and Safety, City of Darwin: 0.6% Education and Training, City of Darwin: 1.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Darwin: 6.9% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Darwin: 1.7% Other Services, City of Darwin: 5.2% Industry not classified, City of Darwin: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2017 to 2018
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2017 to 2018 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Darwin: -12 Mining, City of Darwin: -7 Manufacturing, City of Darwin: +35 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Darwin: +3 Construction, City of Darwin: -87 Wholesale Trade, City of Darwin: -25 Retail Trade, City of Darwin: +8 Accommodation and Food Services, City of Darwin: -8 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Darwin: +17 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Darwin: +8 Financial and Insurance Services, City of Darwin: +3 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Darwin: -37 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Darwin: -4 Administrative and Support Services, City of Darwin: +20 Public Administration and Safety, City of Darwin: -8 Education and Training, City of Darwin: -3 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Darwin: +8 Arts and Recreation Services, City of Darwin: +10 Other Services, City of Darwin: +24 Industry not classified, City of Darwin: -14
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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