Gold Coast CityEconomic profile
Skip to content

Gold Coast City

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Gold Coast City, comprising 18.7% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.0% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in 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.

Please note that this data set has several limitations which are explained in the data notes for this topic. Business register counts are an approximation to LGA boundaries based on SA2 level data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As such, they may not exactly match figures sourced directly from the ATO, due to boundary issues and the application of ABS randomisation to the dataset. Notably, public sector institutions are not recorded which has a significant impact on the numbers for Health Care, Education and Public Administration and Safety.

Australian Bureau of Statistics – Business register – originally sourced from ATO data

Registered businesses by industry
Gold Coast City - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6691.09.26911.19.4-22
Mining1190.20.41270.20.4-8
Manufacturing2,7134.03.62,6234.03.7+90
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1910.30.31680.30.3+23
Construction12,64318.717.012,25418.917.2+389
Wholesale Trade2,4553.63.02,4143.73.0+41
Retail Trade4,0045.95.63,9086.05.7+96
Accommodation and Food Services2,8144.24.02,7174.24.0+97
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,2316.37.13,3645.26.3+867
Information Media and Telecommunications6621.00.75820.90.7+80
Financial and Insurance Services5,9508.88.45,7858.98.3+165
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services10,36315.411.410,39916.011.6-36
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,77211.511.17,52011.611.0+252
Administrative and Support Services3,0644.54.02,8664.43.9+198
Public Administration and Safety2730.40.32600.40.3+13
Education and Training9991.51.49641.51.4+35
Health Care and Social Assistance3,8285.75.83,5525.55.7+276
Arts and Recreation Services1,0131.51.19631.51.2+50
Other Services3,0114.54.72,9214.54.7+90
Industry not classified6671.00.97481.21.0-81

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0

Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income.

Registered businesses by industry 2018
Registered businesses by industry 2018 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 9.2% Mining, Queensland: 0.4% Manufacturing, Queensland: 3.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 0.3% Construction, Queensland: 17.0% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.0% Retail Trade, Queensland: 5.6% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 4.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 7.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 8.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 11.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 11.1% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 4.0% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 0.3% Education and Training, Queensland: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 5.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.1% Other Services, Queensland: 4.7% Industry not classified, Queensland: 0.9% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Gold Coast City: 1.0% Mining, Gold Coast City: 0.2% Manufacturing, Gold Coast City: 4.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Gold Coast City: 0.3% Construction, Gold Coast City: 18.7% Wholesale Trade, Gold Coast City: 3.6% Retail Trade, Gold Coast City: 5.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Gold Coast City: 4.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Gold Coast City: 6.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Gold Coast City: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Gold Coast City: 8.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Gold Coast City: 15.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Gold Coast City: 11.5% Administrative and Support Services, Gold Coast City: 4.5% Public Administration and Safety, Gold Coast City: 0.4% Education and Training, Gold Coast City: 1.5% Health Care and Social Assistance, Gold Coast City: 5.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Gold Coast City: 1.5% Other Services, Gold Coast City: 4.5% Industry not classified, Gold Coast City: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2017 to 2018
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2017 to 2018 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Gold Coast City: -22 Mining, Gold Coast City: -8 Manufacturing, Gold Coast City: +90 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Gold Coast City: +23 Construction, Gold Coast City: +389 Wholesale Trade, Gold Coast City: +41 Retail Trade, Gold Coast City: +96 Accommodation and Food Services, Gold Coast City: +97 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Gold Coast City: +867 Information Media and Telecommunications, Gold Coast City: +80 Financial and Insurance Services, Gold Coast City: +165 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Gold Coast City: -36 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Gold Coast City: +252 Administrative and Support Services, Gold Coast City: +198 Public Administration and Safety, Gold Coast City: +13 Education and Training, Gold Coast City: +35 Health Care and Social Assistance, Gold Coast City: +276 Arts and Recreation Services, Gold Coast City: +50 Other Services, Gold Coast City: +90 Industry not classified, Gold Coast City: -81
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
v19.05.15-1.0.0