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Flinders Council

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Flinders Council, comprising 48.1% of all total registered businesses, compared to 14.6% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Flinders Council 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 Flinders Council 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
Flinders Council - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7548.114.67350.015.0+2
Mining00.00.400.00.30
Manufacturing95.84.474.84.4+2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services00.00.300.00.30
Construction2616.715.51611.015.3+10
Wholesale Trade00.02.500.02.60
Retail Trade74.56.974.87.10
Accommodation and Food Services63.85.764.15.50
Transport, Postal and Warehousing117.16.196.25.6+2
Information Media and Telecommunications00.00.600.00.60
Financial and Insurance Services117.17.1117.57.10
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services53.29.953.410.10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services31.99.332.19.20
Administrative and Support Services00.02.900.02.90
Public Administration and Safety00.00.300.00.30
Education and Training00.01.032.10.9-3
Health Care and Social Assistance00.06.332.16.4-3
Arts and Recreation Services00.01.200.01.10
Other Services31.94.332.14.50
Industry not classified00.00.800.00.90

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, Flinders Council: 48.1% Mining, Flinders Council: 0.0% Manufacturing, Flinders Council: 5.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Flinders Council: 0.0% Construction, Flinders Council: 16.7% Wholesale Trade, Flinders Council: 0.0% Retail Trade, Flinders Council: 4.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Flinders Council: 3.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Flinders Council: 7.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Flinders Council: 0.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Flinders Council: 7.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Flinders Council: 3.2% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Flinders Council: 1.9% Administrative and Support Services, Flinders Council: 0.0% Public Administration and Safety, Flinders Council: 0.0% Education and Training, Flinders Council: 0.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Flinders Council: 0.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Flinders Council: 0.0% Other Services, Flinders Council: 1.9% Industry not classified, Flinders Council: 0.0%
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, Flinders Council: +2 Mining, Flinders Council: 0 Manufacturing, Flinders Council: +2 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Flinders Council: 0 Construction, Flinders Council: +10 Wholesale Trade, Flinders Council: 0 Retail Trade, Flinders Council: 0 Accommodation and Food Services, Flinders Council: 0 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Flinders Council: +2 Information Media and Telecommunications, Flinders Council: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, Flinders Council: 0 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Flinders Council: 0 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Flinders Council: 0 Administrative and Support Services, Flinders Council: 0 Public Administration and Safety, Flinders Council: 0 Education and Training, Flinders Council: -3 Health Care and Social Assistance, Flinders Council: -3 Arts and Recreation Services, Flinders Council: 0 Other Services, Flinders Council: 0 Industry not classified, Flinders Council: 0
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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