City of Fremantle

Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in City of Fremantle, comprising 17.7% of all total registered businesses, compared to 12.9% in Western Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the City of Fremantle 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 City of Fremantle 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 Fremantle - total registered businesses20222021change
IndustryNumber%. % Western AustraliaNumber%. % Western Australia2021 to 2022
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1723.46.81773.76.8-5
Mining631.31.4531.11.4+10
Manufacturing2505.04.02475.24.0+3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services240.50.3270.60.3-3
Construction58411.617.454411.417.4+40
Wholesale Trade1823.63.01843.83.0-2
Retail Trade3577.15.63326.95.6+25
Accommodation and Food Services2755.53.92625.53.9+13
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1482.98.61613.48.6-13
Information Media and Telecommunications871.70.7771.60.7+10
Financial and Insurance Services2615.24.82344.94.8+27
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services73814.711.272915.211.2+9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services88717.712.983417.412.9+53
Administrative and Support Services1382.74.31252.64.3+13
Public Administration and Safety120.20.3140.30.3-2
Education and Training781.61.3711.51.3+7
Health Care and Social Assistance4318.66.64208.86.6+11
Arts and Recreation Services1372.71.31232.61.3+14
Other Services1933.85.41673.55.4+26
Industry not classified60.10.160.10.10
Total business5,023100.0100.04,787100.0100.0+236

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)

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