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Inner West Council area

Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of businesses employing 1 to 4 people in the Inner West Council area, comprising 24.0% of all businesses employing 1 to 4 people, compared to 16.5% in New South Wales.

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

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
Inner West Council area - Businesses employing 1 to 4 people20182017Change
IndustryNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing230.45.1190.45.3+4
Mining60.10.260.10.20
Manufacturing2564.63.82624.93.8-6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services90.20.3140.30.3-4
Construction75213.620.968812.820.3+64
Wholesale Trade2504.54.12705.04.1-20
Retail Trade4247.77.04137.77.3+11
Accommodation and Food Services4107.45.53857.25.4+25
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1282.35.51402.65.7-12
Information Media and Telecommunications1743.11.21763.31.2-3
Financial and Insurance Services2414.45.02424.55.2-2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2354.34.32093.94.3+26
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,32624.016.51,29524.116.5+31
Administrative and Support Services2554.64.72484.64.6+6
Public Administration and Safety270.50.4320.60.4-5
Education and Training971.71.41082.01.4-11
Health Care and Social Assistance4117.46.24077.66.1+3
Arts and Recreation Services1432.61.11162.21.1+27
Other Services3105.66.13055.76.0+5
Industry not classified480.90.7420.80.8+6

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, New South Wales: 5.1% Mining, New South Wales: 0.2% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 3.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.3% Construction, New South Wales: 20.9% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 4.1% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 7.0% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 5.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 5.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 4.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 16.5% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 4.7% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 0.4% Education and Training, New South Wales: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 6.2% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.1% Other Services, New South Wales: 6.1% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 0.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Inner West Council area: 0.4% Mining, Inner West Council area: 0.1% Manufacturing, Inner West Council area: 4.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Inner West Council area: 0.2% Construction, Inner West Council area: 13.6% Wholesale Trade, Inner West Council area: 4.5% Retail Trade, Inner West Council area: 7.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Inner West Council area: 7.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Inner West Council area: 2.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Inner West Council area: 3.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Inner West Council area: 4.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Inner West Council area: 4.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Inner West Council area: 24.0% Administrative and Support Services, Inner West Council area: 4.6% Public Administration and Safety, Inner West Council area: 0.5% Education and Training, Inner West Council area: 1.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Inner West Council area: 7.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Inner West Council area: 2.6% Other Services, Inner West Council area: 5.6% Industry not classified, Inner West Council area: 0.9%
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, Inner West Council area: +4 Mining, Inner West Council area: 0 Manufacturing, Inner West Council area: -6 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Inner West Council area: -4 Construction, Inner West Council area: +64 Wholesale Trade, Inner West Council area: -20 Retail Trade, Inner West Council area: +11 Accommodation and Food Services, Inner West Council area: +25 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Inner West Council area: -12 Information Media and Telecommunications, Inner West Council area: -3 Financial and Insurance Services, Inner West Council area: -2 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Inner West Council area: +26 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Inner West Council area: +31 Administrative and Support Services, Inner West Council area: +6 Public Administration and Safety, Inner West Council area: -5 Education and Training, Inner West Council area: -11 Health Care and Social Assistance, Inner West Council area: +3 Arts and Recreation Services, Inner West Council area: +27 Other Services, Inner West Council area: +5 Industry not classified, Inner West Council area: +6
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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