Inner West Council area

Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Inner West Council area, comprising 20.3% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.5% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the Inner West 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 Inner West 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.

Data source

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

Number of employees:
Comparison year:
Registered businesses by industry
Inner West Council area - total registered businesses20202019change
IndustryNumber%. % New South WalesNumber%. % New South Wales2019 to 2020
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1170.66.21200.66.2-3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services290.10.3270.10.3+2
Wholesale Trade7273.63.57553.73.5-28
Retail Trade1,2406.15.61,2576.25.6-17
Accommodation and Food Services9634.73.99684.73.9-5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,2376.18.21,2946.38.2-57
Information Media and Telecommunications5882.91.15822.91.1+6
Financial and Insurance Services1,5677.79.21,5427.69.2+25
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,34811.510.92,35311.510.9-5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,15120.313.54,09120.013.5+60
Administrative and Support Services8184.04.28424.14.2-24
Public Administration and Safety630.30.4650.30.4-2
Education and Training3891.91.53851.91.5+4
Health Care and Social Assistance1,6708.26.21,6097.96.2+61
Arts and Recreation Services7243.51.37033.41.3+21
Other Services7683.84.17753.84.1-7
Industry not classified320.20.2330.20.2-1
Total business20,416100.0100.020,407100.0100.0+9

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)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Inner West Council

economic profile