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Northern Midlands Council area

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Northern Midlands Council area, comprising 30.9% of all total registered businesses, compared to 14.9% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Northern Midlands 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 Northern Midlands 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 Midlands Council area - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing33730.914.934732.515.6-10
Mining30.30.300.00.4+3
Manufacturing444.04.4454.34.4-2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services60.60.360.60.30
Construction15314.015.216215.115.0-9
Wholesale Trade252.32.7272.62.8-2
Retail Trade534.87.1625.87.5-9
Accommodation and Food Services494.55.4524.95.4-3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing615.65.7534.95.7+8
Information Media and Telecommunications00.00.600.00.70
Financial and Insurance Services514.77.1423.96.9+10
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services11910.910.012511.710.2-6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services595.49.2454.28.8+14
Administrative and Support Services232.12.8141.32.8+9
Public Administration and Safety30.30.300.00.3+3
Education and Training60.61.030.30.9+3
Health Care and Social Assistance242.26.2191.86.0+5
Arts and Recreation Services141.31.2151.41.2-1
Other Services464.34.6312.94.3+15
Industry not classified141.31.0201.90.9-6

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, Northern Midlands Council area: 30.9% Mining, Northern Midlands Council area: 0.3% Manufacturing, Northern Midlands Council area: 4.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 0.6% Construction, Northern Midlands Council area: 14.0% Wholesale Trade, Northern Midlands Council area: 2.3% Retail Trade, Northern Midlands Council area: 4.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 4.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Midlands Council area: 5.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Midlands Council area: 0.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 4.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 10.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 5.4% Administrative and Support Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 2.1% Public Administration and Safety, Northern Midlands Council area: 0.3% Education and Training, Northern Midlands Council area: 0.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Midlands Council area: 2.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 1.3% Other Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 4.3% Industry not classified, Northern Midlands 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 Midlands Council area: -10 Mining, Northern Midlands Council area: +3 Manufacturing, Northern Midlands Council area: -2 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Midlands Council area: 0 Construction, Northern Midlands Council area: -9 Wholesale Trade, Northern Midlands Council area: -2 Retail Trade, Northern Midlands Council area: -9 Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Midlands Council area: -3 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Midlands Council area: +8 Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Midlands Council area: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Midlands Council area: +10 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Midlands Council area: -6 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Midlands Council area: +14 Administrative and Support Services, Northern Midlands Council area: +9 Public Administration and Safety, Northern Midlands Council area: +3 Education and Training, Northern Midlands Council area: +3 Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Midlands Council area: +5 Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Midlands Council area: -1 Other Services, Northern Midlands Council area: +15 Industry not classified, Northern Midlands Council area: -6
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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