Hornsby Shire

Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Hornsby Shire, comprising 22.1% of all total registered businesses, compared to 14.0% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are Hornsby Shire 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 Hornsby Shire 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
Hornsby Shire - total registered businesses20222021change
IndustryNumber%. % New South WalesNumber%. % New South Wales2021 to 2022
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2071.56.32131.56.3-6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services250.20.3250.20.30
Wholesale Trade6184.43.56204.53.5-2
Retail Trade8416.06.08226.06.0+19
Accommodation and Food Services4623.34.44793.54.4-17
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7075.07.47445.47.4-37
Information Media and Telecommunications1951.41.21991.41.2-4
Financial and Insurance Services7435.35.36915.05.3+52
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,55411.011.21,51111.011.2+43
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,12222.114.03,04322.114.0+79
Administrative and Support Services6384.54.76214.54.7+17
Public Administration and Safety380.30.3370.30.3+1
Education and Training3492.51.73432.51.7+6
Health Care and Social Assistance1,2068.66.81,1578.46.8+49
Arts and Recreation Services1951.41.51891.41.5+6
Other Services5864.24.65343.94.6+52
Industry not classified170.10.1180.10.1-1
Total business14,097100.0100.013,783100.0100.0+314

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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