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Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Hilltops Council area, comprising 41.8% of all total registered businesses, compared to 6.8% in NSW.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Hilltops Council area 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 Hilltops Council area 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
Hilltops Council area - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%NSW %Number%NSW %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing98041.86.894940.67.1+30
Mining60.30.230.10.2+3
Manufacturing823.53.4783.33.5+5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services70.30.3130.60.3-6
Construction32013.616.032213.815.8-2
Wholesale Trade552.43.6662.83.8-11
Retail Trade1134.85.71225.25.8-9
Accommodation and Food Services562.44.0733.14.1-17
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1335.77.61285.56.8+4
Information Media and Telecommunications50.21.280.31.2-3
Financial and Insurance Services1255.39.11255.49.10
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1375.810.91375.911.00
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1024.413.1964.113.1+7
Administrative and Support Services461.94.1552.44.0-9
Public Administration and Safety90.40.430.10.4+6
Education and Training130.61.4120.51.4+1
Health Care and Social Assistance612.65.9572.45.9+3
Arts and Recreation Services90.41.3110.51.3-2
Other Services743.24.0622.74.0+12
Industry not classified120.50.9150.71.0-4

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, NSW: 6.8% Mining, NSW: 0.2% Manufacturing, NSW: 3.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, NSW: 0.3% Construction, NSW: 16.0% Wholesale Trade, NSW: 3.6% Retail Trade, NSW: 5.7% Accommodation and Food Services, NSW: 4.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, NSW: 7.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, NSW: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, NSW: 9.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, NSW: 10.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, NSW: 13.1% Administrative and Support Services, NSW: 4.1% Public Administration and Safety, NSW: 0.4% Education and Training, NSW: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, NSW: 5.9% Arts and Recreation Services, NSW: 1.3% Other Services, NSW: 4.0% Industry not classified, NSW: 0.9% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Hilltops Council area: 41.8% Mining, Hilltops Council area: 0.3% Manufacturing, Hilltops Council area: 3.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Hilltops Council area: 0.3% Construction, Hilltops Council area: 13.6% Wholesale Trade, Hilltops Council area: 2.4% Retail Trade, Hilltops Council area: 4.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Hilltops Council area: 2.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Hilltops Council area: 5.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Hilltops Council area: 0.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Hilltops Council area: 5.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Hilltops Council area: 5.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Hilltops Council area: 4.4% Administrative and Support Services, Hilltops Council area: 1.9% Public Administration and Safety, Hilltops Council area: 0.4% Education and Training, Hilltops Council area: 0.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Hilltops Council area: 2.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Hilltops Council area: 0.4% Other Services, Hilltops Council area: 3.2% Industry not classified, Hilltops Council area: 0.5%
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, Hilltops Council area: +30 Mining, Hilltops Council area: +3 Manufacturing, Hilltops Council area: +5 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Hilltops Council area: -6 Construction, Hilltops Council area: -2 Wholesale Trade, Hilltops Council area: -11 Retail Trade, Hilltops Council area: -9 Accommodation and Food Services, Hilltops Council area: -17 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Hilltops Council area: +4 Information Media and Telecommunications, Hilltops Council area: -3 Financial and Insurance Services, Hilltops Council area: 0 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Hilltops Council area: 0 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Hilltops Council area: +7 Administrative and Support Services, Hilltops Council area: -9 Public Administration and Safety, Hilltops Council area: +6 Education and Training, Hilltops Council area: +1 Health Care and Social Assistance, Hilltops Council area: +3 Arts and Recreation Services, Hilltops Council area: -2 Other Services, Hilltops Council area: +12 Industry not classified, Hilltops Council area: -4
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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