City of Darwin

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in City of Darwin, comprising 16.2% of all total registered businesses, compared to 19.3% 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

Number of employees:
Comparison year:
Registered businesses by industry
City of Darwin - total registered businesses20212020change
IndustryNumber%. % Northern TerritoryNumber%. % Northern Territory2020 to 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1281.86.01281.86.00
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services310.40.4230.30.4+8
Wholesale Trade1472.02.31382.02.3+9
Retail Trade4205.86.14216.06.1-1
Accommodation and Food Services4045.65.13825.45.1+22
Transport, Postal and Warehousing78811.09.275910.89.2+29
Information Media and Telecommunications540.80.7610.90.7-7
Financial and Insurance Services2703.82.92533.62.9+17
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,05414.713.01,06415.213.0-10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services90712.610.286712.410.2+40
Administrative and Support Services3745.25.03865.55.0-12
Public Administration and Safety320.40.5360.50.5-4
Education and Training1001.41.41031.51.4-3
Health Care and Social Assistance5597.86.55037.26.5+56
Arts and Recreation Services991.41.41061.51.4-7
Other Services3845.36.33665.26.3+18
Industry not classified170.20.2230.30.2-6
Total business7,180100.0100.07,017100.0100.0+163

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

City of Darwin

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