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Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Murchison Area, comprising 39.1% of all total registered businesses, compared to 14.6% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Murchison 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 Murchison 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
Murchison Area - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing87139.114.691040.215.0-39
Mining261.20.4241.10.3+2
Manufacturing703.14.4783.44.4-8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services00.00.300.00.30
Construction25811.615.525311.215.3+5
Wholesale Trade321.42.5371.62.6-5
Retail Trade1396.26.91335.97.1+6
Accommodation and Food Services1496.75.71356.05.5+14
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1104.96.11014.55.6+9
Information Media and Telecommunications00.00.600.00.60
Financial and Insurance Services944.27.1843.77.1+10
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1637.39.91707.510.1-7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services863.99.3863.89.20
Administrative and Support Services492.22.9421.92.9+7
Public Administration and Safety30.10.330.10.30
Education and Training90.41.0180.80.9-9
Health Care and Social Assistance602.76.3642.86.4-4
Arts and Recreation Services210.91.2150.71.1+6
Other Services773.54.3954.24.5-18
Industry not classified120.50.8150.70.9-3

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, Tasmania: 14.6% Mining, Tasmania: 0.4% Manufacturing, Tasmania: 4.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Tasmania: 0.3% Construction, Tasmania: 15.5% Wholesale Trade, Tasmania: 2.5% Retail Trade, Tasmania: 6.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Tasmania: 5.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Tasmania: 6.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Tasmania: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Tasmania: 7.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Tasmania: 9.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Tasmania: 9.3% Administrative and Support Services, Tasmania: 2.9% Public Administration and Safety, Tasmania: 0.3% Education and Training, Tasmania: 1.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Tasmania: 6.3% Arts and Recreation Services, Tasmania: 1.2% Other Services, Tasmania: 4.3% Industry not classified, Tasmania: 0.8% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Murchison Area: 39.1% Mining, Murchison Area: 1.2% Manufacturing, Murchison Area: 3.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Murchison Area: 0.0% Construction, Murchison Area: 11.6% Wholesale Trade, Murchison Area: 1.4% Retail Trade, Murchison Area: 6.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Murchison Area: 6.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Murchison Area: 4.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, Murchison Area: 0.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Murchison Area: 4.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Murchison Area: 7.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Murchison Area: 3.9% Administrative and Support Services, Murchison Area: 2.2% Public Administration and Safety, Murchison Area: 0.1% Education and Training, Murchison Area: 0.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Murchison Area: 2.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Murchison Area: 0.9% Other Services, Murchison Area: 3.5% Industry not classified, Murchison Area: 0.5%
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, Murchison Area: -39 Mining, Murchison Area: +2 Manufacturing, Murchison Area: -8 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Murchison Area: 0 Construction, Murchison Area: +5 Wholesale Trade, Murchison Area: -5 Retail Trade, Murchison Area: +6 Accommodation and Food Services, Murchison Area: +14 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Murchison Area: +9 Information Media and Telecommunications, Murchison Area: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, Murchison Area: +10 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Murchison Area: -7 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Murchison Area: 0 Administrative and Support Services, Murchison Area: +7 Public Administration and Safety, Murchison Area: 0 Education and Training, Murchison Area: -9 Health Care and Social Assistance, Murchison Area: -4 Arts and Recreation Services, Murchison Area: +6 Other Services, Murchison Area: -18 Industry not classified, Murchison Area: -3
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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