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 20.0% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.4% 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

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Registered businesses by industry
Inner West Council area - total registered businesses20192017change
IndustryNumber%. % New South WalesNumber%. % New South Wales2017 to 2019
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1220.66.61370.76.6-15
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services260.10.3320.20.3-6
Wholesale Trade7563.73.67854.03.6-29
Retail Trade1,2506.15.61,2696.55.6-19
Accommodation and Food Services9684.73.99494.93.9+19
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,2926.38.11,0935.68.1+199
Information Media and Telecommunications5922.91.25953.11.2-3
Financial and Insurance Services1,5267.59.01,4407.49.0+86
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,35211.510.92,24211.510.9+110
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,08820.013.43,91620.113.4+172
Administrative and Support Services8454.14.28104.24.2+35
Public Administration and Safety660.30.4780.40.4-12
Education and Training3791.91.53571.81.5+22
Health Care and Social Assistance1,6077.96.01,4647.56.0+143
Arts and Recreation Services7053.51.36233.21.3+82
Other Services7763.84.17153.74.1+61
Industry not classified510.20.3920.50.3-41
Total business20,405100.0100.019,494100.0100.0+911

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2019 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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Inner West Council

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