City of Merri-bek

Business trends

There were an estimated 18,438 total GST registered businesses in the City of Merri-bek in the Sep-23 quarter. There were 379 new businesses and 503 business GST cancellations in the same quarter.

The Australian Business Register (ABR) is a register of all business entities and sole traders in Australia, based on Australian Business Numbers (ABNs), maintained by the Australian Taxation Office.

While ABR business data does not pick up all operations in a region (some companies are not registered at the location where they undertake commercial operations), the time-series data can be quite insightful. It can give you an indication of the short-term impacts of macro-events, and can also offer a sign as to how favourable local conditions are to establishing new businesses during normal times.

COVID-19 pandemic is producing business conditions substantially different from normal. Using the Business Trends page will allow users to monitor the impact of COVID-19 locally and particularly how each industry is being affected. This dataset should be viewed in conjunction with COVID-19 Economic Outlook page to understand the magnitude and the direction of the impact of COVID-19 on economic value and employment.

Changes in business counts by industry can show structural shifts within the economy and identify growth and declining industries. For example, growth industries will have high entry and exit rates due to the high failure rates of first movers and smaller high growth enterprises. Declining sectors will have low entry and high exit rates.

The raw business register dataset contains large numbers of ABNs which are not relevant to local government planning, including trusts, superannuation funds, non-active businesses and micro businesses not registered for GST. These have been filtered out of the data presented here, to provide a more meaningful dataset for Local Government Decision making.

Data are presented as aggregates of ABNs at the Local Government level for each of the time period. The graph of the number of GST registered businesses, the number of new GST registered businesses, and the number of cancelled GST registerations can be selected at the 1-digit ANZSIC classification level. For more information, including actual business locations and name and address details, LGAs are entitled to access the raw ABR unit record dataset directly from the ATO.

Data source

Australian Business Register - filtered counts - Current at 22nd of May 2023

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Business trends by industry sector
City of Merri-bek - All industries
QuarterNumber of registered businessesNew GST RegistrationCancelled GST RegistrationNet change
Sep-2023 18,438379503-124
Jun-2023 18,562464329+135
Mar-2023 18,427536346+190
Dec-2022 18,237512409+103
Sep-2022 18,134722691+31
Jun-2022 18,103521445+76
Mar-2022 18,027602365+237
Dec-2021 17,790534295+239
Sep-2021 17,5511,406437+969
Jun-2021 16,582804269+535
Mar-2021 16,047609268+341
Dec-2020 15,706479209+270
Sep-2020 15,436687295+392
Jun-2020 15,044442190+252
Mar-2020 14,792584228+356
Dec-2019 14,436507271+236
Sep-2019 14,200759363+396
Jun-2019 13,804445242+203
Mar-2019 13,601531210+321
Dec-2018 13,280420233+187
Sep-2018 13,093698317+381
Jun-2018 12,712466333+133
Mar-2018 12,579475202+273
Dec-2017 12,306436261+175
Sep-2017 12,131685452+233
Jun-2017 11,898426386+40
Mar-2017 11,858526153+373
Dec-2016 11,485401244+157
Sep-2016 11,328667547+120
Jun-2016 11,208408346+62
Mar-2016 11,146382169+213
Dec-2015 10,933385343+42
Sep-2015 10,891540522+18
Jun-2015 10,873305341-36
Mar-2015 10,909317276+41

Source: Australian Business Register. ©2020 Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions).

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

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