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Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the City of Launceston, comprising 14.4% of all total registered businesses, compared to 15.2% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in City of Launceston 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 City of Launceston 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
City of Launceston - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3326.214.93396.415.6-7
Mining90.20.360.10.4+3
Manufacturing2534.84.42685.14.4-15
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services120.20.3150.30.3-3
Construction76514.415.275614.315.0+10
Wholesale Trade1733.32.71903.62.8-17
Retail Trade4548.57.14328.27.5+22
Accommodation and Food Services2995.65.42915.55.4+8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2705.15.73135.95.7-43
Information Media and Telecommunications420.80.6240.40.7+18
Financial and Insurance Services4298.17.14197.96.9+10
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services73913.910.074514.010.2-6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4979.39.24779.08.8+20
Administrative and Support Services1673.12.81693.22.8-1
Public Administration and Safety180.30.3180.30.30
Education and Training711.31.0691.30.9+2
Health Care and Social Assistance4097.76.24047.66.0+4
Arts and Recreation Services450.81.2490.91.2-4
Other Services2815.34.62885.44.3-8
Industry not classified631.21.0290.50.9+34

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 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 2017
Registered businesses by industry 2017 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Tasmania: 14.9% Mining, Tasmania: 0.3% Manufacturing, Tasmania: 4.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Tasmania: 0.3% Construction, Tasmania: 15.2% Wholesale Trade, Tasmania: 2.7% Retail Trade, Tasmania: 7.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Tasmania: 5.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Tasmania: 5.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Tasmania: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Tasmania: 7.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Tasmania: 10.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Tasmania: 9.2% Administrative and Support Services, Tasmania: 2.8% Public Administration and Safety, Tasmania: 0.3% Education and Training, Tasmania: 1.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Tasmania: 6.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Tasmania: 1.2% Other Services, Tasmania: 4.6% Industry not classified, Tasmania: 1.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Launceston: 6.2% Mining, City of Launceston: 0.2% Manufacturing, City of Launceston: 4.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Launceston: 0.2% Construction, City of Launceston: 14.4% Wholesale Trade, City of Launceston: 3.3% Retail Trade, City of Launceston: 8.5% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Launceston: 5.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Launceston: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Launceston: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Launceston: 8.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Launceston: 13.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Launceston: 9.3% Administrative and Support Services, City of Launceston: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, City of Launceston: 0.3% Education and Training, City of Launceston: 1.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Launceston: 7.7% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Launceston: 0.8% Other Services, City of Launceston: 5.3% Industry not classified, City of Launceston: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2015 to 2017
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2015 to 2017 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Launceston: -7 Mining, City of Launceston: +3 Manufacturing, City of Launceston: -15 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Launceston: -3 Construction, City of Launceston: +10 Wholesale Trade, City of Launceston: -17 Retail Trade, City of Launceston: +22 Accommodation and Food Services, City of Launceston: +8 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Launceston: -43 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Launceston: +18 Financial and Insurance Services, City of Launceston: +10 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Launceston: -6 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Launceston: +20 Administrative and Support Services, City of Launceston: -1 Public Administration and Safety, City of Launceston: 0 Education and Training, City of Launceston: +2 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Launceston: +4 Arts and Recreation Services, City of Launceston: -4 Other Services, City of Launceston: -8 Industry not classified, City of Launceston: +34
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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