Gold Coast City

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Gold Coast City, comprising 18.4% of all total registered businesses, compared to 16.6% 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 businesses20202019change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2019 to 2020
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6550.98.86270.98.8+28
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1890.30.31930.30.3-4
Wholesale Trade2,4783.52.92,4713.62.9+7
Retail Trade4,1915.95.54,1726.05.5+19
Accommodation and Food Services2,7903.93.82,8374.13.8-47
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,7056.67.64,4906.57.6+215
Information Media and Telecommunications6781.00.76831.00.7-5
Financial and Insurance Services6,1658.78.35,9418.68.3+224
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services10,71115.111.410,66015.411.4+51
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8,76912.411.68,35612.111.6+413
Administrative and Support Services3,3454.74.23,2064.64.2+139
Public Administration and Safety2730.40.32750.40.3-2
Education and Training1,0771.51.51,0121.51.5+65
Health Care and Social Assistance4,4046.26.34,1486.06.3+256
Arts and Recreation Services1,0791.51.21,0381.51.2+41
Other Services3,2834.64.93,1644.64.9+119
Industry not classified960.10.11170.20.1-21
Total business70,812100.0100.069,273100.0100.0+1,539

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2020 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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