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George Town Council area

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in George Town Council area, comprising 24.8% of all total registered businesses, compared to 14.9% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in George Town 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 George Town 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
George Town Council area - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7724.814.97925.015.6-3
Mining00.00.300.00.40
Manufacturing144.54.4165.04.4-2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services31.00.330.90.30
Construction4915.815.25015.615.0-1
Wholesale Trade92.92.772.22.8+2
Retail Trade185.87.1216.67.5-3
Accommodation and Food Services227.15.4206.35.4+2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing103.25.792.85.7+1
Information Media and Telecommunications41.30.600.00.7+4
Financial and Insurance Services61.97.1103.16.9-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services309.710.0299.110.2+1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services237.49.2195.98.8+4
Administrative and Support Services61.92.8113.42.8-5
Public Administration and Safety31.00.330.90.30
Education and Training00.01.000.00.90
Health Care and Social Assistance61.96.2134.16.0-7
Arts and Recreation Services61.91.230.91.2+3
Other Services216.84.6206.34.3+1
Industry not classified31.01.061.90.9-3

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, Tasmania: 14.9% Mining, Tasmania: 0.3% Manufacturing, Tasmania: 4.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Tasmania: 0.3% Construction, Tasmania: 15.2% Wholesale Trade, Tasmania: 2.7% Retail Trade, Tasmania: 7.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Tasmania: 5.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Tasmania: 5.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Tasmania: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Tasmania: 7.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Tasmania: 10.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Tasmania: 9.2% Administrative and Support Services, Tasmania: 2.8% Public Administration and Safety, Tasmania: 0.3% Education and Training, Tasmania: 1.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Tasmania: 6.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Tasmania: 1.2% Other Services, Tasmania: 4.6% Industry not classified, Tasmania: 1.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, George Town Council area: 24.8% Mining, George Town Council area: 0.0% Manufacturing, George Town Council area: 4.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, George Town Council area: 1.0% Construction, George Town Council area: 15.8% Wholesale Trade, George Town Council area: 2.9% Retail Trade, George Town Council area: 5.8% Accommodation and Food Services, George Town Council area: 7.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, George Town Council area: 3.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, George Town Council area: 1.3% Financial and Insurance Services, George Town Council area: 1.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, George Town Council area: 9.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, George Town Council area: 7.4% Administrative and Support Services, George Town Council area: 1.9% Public Administration and Safety, George Town Council area: 1.0% Education and Training, George Town Council area: 0.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, George Town Council area: 1.9% Arts and Recreation Services, George Town Council area: 1.9% Other Services, George Town Council area: 6.8% Industry not classified, George Town Council area: 1.0%
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, George Town Council area: -3 Mining, George Town Council area: 0 Manufacturing, George Town Council area: -2 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, George Town Council area: 0 Construction, George Town Council area: -1 Wholesale Trade, George Town Council area: +2 Retail Trade, George Town Council area: -3 Accommodation and Food Services, George Town Council area: +2 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, George Town Council area: +1 Information Media and Telecommunications, George Town Council area: +4 Financial and Insurance Services, George Town Council area: -4 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, George Town Council area: +1 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, George Town Council area: +4 Administrative and Support Services, George Town Council area: -5 Public Administration and Safety, George Town Council area: 0 Education and Training, George Town Council area: 0 Health Care and Social Assistance, George Town Council area: -7 Arts and Recreation Services, George Town Council area: +3 Other Services, George Town Council area: +1 Industry not classified, George Town Council area: -3
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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