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Northern Tasmania Region

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Northern Tasmania Region, comprising 17.5% of all total registered businesses, compared to 14.6% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Northern Tasmania Region 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 Tasmania Region 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 Tasmania Region - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,00517.514.62,04917.915.0-44
Mining270.20.4240.20.3+3
Manufacturing4744.14.45114.54.4-37
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services270.20.3330.30.3-6
Construction1,81415.815.51,72315.015.3+91
Wholesale Trade3082.72.53002.62.6+8
Retail Trade7826.86.98177.17.1-35
Accommodation and Food Services5865.15.75705.05.5+16
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6145.46.15765.05.6+38
Information Media and Telecommunications450.40.6610.50.6-16
Financial and Insurance Services7676.77.17466.57.1+21
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,31211.59.91,32011.510.1-8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8617.59.38697.69.2-8
Administrative and Support Services3112.72.93092.72.9+2
Public Administration and Safety240.20.3270.20.3-3
Education and Training1221.11.01060.90.9+16
Health Care and Social Assistance6275.56.36475.66.4-20
Arts and Recreation Services1201.01.21291.11.1-9
Other Services5094.44.35234.64.5-14
Industry not classified1121.00.81171.00.9-5

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, Northern Tasmania Region: 17.5% Mining, Northern Tasmania Region: 0.2% Manufacturing, Northern Tasmania Region: 4.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Tasmania Region: 0.2% Construction, Northern Tasmania Region: 15.8% Wholesale Trade, Northern Tasmania Region: 2.7% Retail Trade, Northern Tasmania Region: 6.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Tasmania Region: 5.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Tasmania Region: 5.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Tasmania Region: 0.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Tasmania Region: 6.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Tasmania Region: 11.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Tasmania Region: 7.5% Administrative and Support Services, Northern Tasmania Region: 2.7% Public Administration and Safety, Northern Tasmania Region: 0.2% Education and Training, Northern Tasmania Region: 1.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Tasmania Region: 5.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Tasmania Region: 1.0% Other Services, Northern Tasmania Region: 4.4% Industry not classified, Northern Tasmania Region: 1.0%
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, Northern Tasmania Region: -44 Mining, Northern Tasmania Region: +3 Manufacturing, Northern Tasmania Region: -37 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Tasmania Region: -6 Construction, Northern Tasmania Region: +91 Wholesale Trade, Northern Tasmania Region: +8 Retail Trade, Northern Tasmania Region: -35 Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Tasmania Region: +16 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Tasmania Region: +38 Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Tasmania Region: -16 Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Tasmania Region: +21 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Tasmania Region: -8 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Tasmania Region: -8 Administrative and Support Services, Northern Tasmania Region: +2 Public Administration and Safety, Northern Tasmania Region: -3 Education and Training, Northern Tasmania Region: +16 Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Tasmania Region: -20 Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Tasmania Region: -9 Other Services, Northern Tasmania Region: -14 Industry not classified, Northern Tasmania Region: -5
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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