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Northern Beaches Council area

Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Northern Beaches Council area, comprising 20.3% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.1% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Northern Beaches 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 Northern Beaches 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
Northern Beaches Council area - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3000.97.13071.07.6-7
Mining300.10.2200.10.2+10
Manufacturing1,1833.73.51,1963.93.7-13
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services490.20.3560.20.3-7
Construction5,21516.415.84,98616.215.2+229
Wholesale Trade1,3314.23.71,3044.23.9+27
Retail Trade1,6565.25.81,7335.66.3-77
Accommodation and Food Services1,0273.24.19593.14.1+68
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,0463.36.88242.76.2+222
Information Media and Telecommunications6302.01.26622.21.2-32
Financial and Insurance Services3,62711.49.13,34310.98.8+284
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,52811.111.03,74912.211.2-221
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,45220.313.16,06819.713.0+384
Administrative and Support Services1,3514.24.01,2694.14.0+82
Public Administration and Safety880.30.41010.30.4-13
Education and Training6352.01.46092.01.4+26
Health Care and Social Assistance1,5765.05.91,5445.05.8+32
Arts and Recreation Services5281.71.35411.81.3-13
Other Services1,1533.64.01,1473.74.1+6
Industry not classified4181.31.23541.21.2+64

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, New South Wales: 7.1% Mining, New South Wales: 0.2% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 3.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.3% Construction, New South Wales: 15.8% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 3.7% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 5.8% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 4.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 6.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 9.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 11.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 13.1% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 4.0% 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: 5.9% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.3% Other Services, New South Wales: 4.0% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 1.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.9% Mining, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.1% Manufacturing, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.2% Construction, Northern Beaches Council area: 16.4% Wholesale Trade, Northern Beaches Council area: 4.2% Retail Trade, Northern Beaches Council area: 5.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Beaches Council area: 2.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 11.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 11.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 20.3% Administrative and Support Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 4.2% Public Administration and Safety, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.3% Education and Training, Northern Beaches Council area: 2.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Beaches Council area: 5.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.7% Other Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.6% Industry not classified, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.3%
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, Northern Beaches Council area: -7 Mining, Northern Beaches Council area: +10 Manufacturing, Northern Beaches Council area: -13 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Beaches Council area: -7 Construction, Northern Beaches Council area: +229 Wholesale Trade, Northern Beaches Council area: +27 Retail Trade, Northern Beaches Council area: -77 Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Beaches Council area: +68 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Beaches Council area: +222 Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Beaches Council area: -32 Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Beaches Council area: +284 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Beaches Council area: -221 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Beaches Council area: +384 Administrative and Support Services, Northern Beaches Council area: +82 Public Administration and Safety, Northern Beaches Council area: -13 Education and Training, Northern Beaches Council area: +26 Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Beaches Council area: +32 Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Beaches Council area: -13 Other Services, Northern Beaches Council area: +6 Industry not classified, Northern Beaches Council area: +64
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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