Gold Coast City

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Gold Coast City, comprising 18.9% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.2% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are Gold Coast City 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 Gold Coast City 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
Gold Coast City - total registered businesses20212020change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2020 to 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6710.98.96551.08.9+16
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2030.30.31920.30.3+11
Wholesale Trade2,6143.73.02,4813.63.0+133
Retail Trade4,5926.46.04,1916.26.0+401
Accommodation and Food Services2,9514.14.02,7954.14.0+156
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,4886.37.54,7166.97.5-228
Information Media and Telecommunications7561.10.86751.00.8+81
Financial and Insurance Services3,6635.14.03,3885.04.0+275
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services10,76715.111.810,71915.711.8+48
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9,48813.312.38,78212.912.3+706
Administrative and Support Services3,5024.94.53,3604.94.5+142
Public Administration and Safety2610.40.32540.40.3+7
Education and Training1,1881.71.51,0801.61.5+108
Health Care and Social Assistance4,8196.76.94,4266.56.9+393
Arts and Recreation Services1,1771.61.31,0761.61.3+101
Other Services3,6405.15.33,2894.85.3+351
Industry not classified980.10.1850.10.1+13
Total business71,394100.0100.068,089100.0100.0+3,305

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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