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Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in FNQROC, comprising 17.0% of all total registered businesses, compared to 8.6% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the FNQROC 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 FNQROC 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:
Current area:
Comparison year:
Registered businesses by industry
FNQROC - total registered businesses20222021change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2021 to 2022
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4,47517.08.64,43617.78.6+39
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services790.30.3810.30.3-2
Wholesale Trade5552.13.05192.13.0+36
Retail Trade1,4955.76.01,4425.76.0+53
Accommodation and Food Services1,4115.44.01,3585.44.0+53
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,7816.87.11,7817.17.10
Information Media and Telecommunications1490.60.81370.50.8+12
Financial and Insurance Services7052.74.16742.74.1+31
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,89011.011.82,76511.011.8+125
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,2408.512.32,1188.412.3+122
Administrative and Support Services1,2564.84.61,1324.54.6+124
Public Administration and Safety560.20.3550.20.3+1
Education and Training3281.21.63141.31.6+14
Health Care and Social Assistance1,5075.77.21,3755.57.2+132
Arts and Recreation Services3161.21.42801.11.4+36
Other Services1,5045.75.51,3945.65.5+110
Industry not classified400.20.1300.10.1+10
Total business26,261100.0100.025,082100.0100.0+1,179

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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Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils

economic profile