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West Tamar Council area

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in West Tamar Council area, comprising 20.1% of all total registered businesses, compared to 15.2% in Tasmania.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in West Tamar 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 West Tamar 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
West Tamar Council area - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing19413.914.921615.715.6-22
Mining90.60.390.70.40
Manufacturing594.24.4604.34.4-1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services30.20.330.20.30
Construction28020.115.227820.215.0+2
Wholesale Trade392.82.7453.22.8-6
Retail Trade856.17.1896.47.5-4
Accommodation and Food Services523.75.4463.35.4+6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing785.65.7695.05.7+9
Information Media and Telecommunications40.30.6100.70.7-6
Financial and Insurance Services1047.47.1967.06.9+8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1289.210.01188.510.2+10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1299.39.214210.38.8-13
Administrative and Support Services423.02.8433.12.8-1
Public Administration and Safety30.20.300.00.3+3
Education and Training201.41.0151.10.9+5
Health Care and Social Assistance695.06.2684.96.0+2
Arts and Recreation Services181.31.2100.71.2+8
Other Services654.64.6564.14.3+9
Industry not classified141.01.070.50.9+7

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, West Tamar Council area: 13.9% Mining, West Tamar Council area: 0.6% Manufacturing, West Tamar Council area: 4.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, West Tamar Council area: 0.2% Construction, West Tamar Council area: 20.1% Wholesale Trade, West Tamar Council area: 2.8% Retail Trade, West Tamar Council area: 6.1% Accommodation and Food Services, West Tamar Council area: 3.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, West Tamar Council area: 5.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, West Tamar Council area: 0.3% Financial and Insurance Services, West Tamar Council area: 7.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, West Tamar Council area: 9.2% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, West Tamar Council area: 9.3% Administrative and Support Services, West Tamar Council area: 3.0% Public Administration and Safety, West Tamar Council area: 0.2% Education and Training, West Tamar Council area: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, West Tamar Council area: 5.0% Arts and Recreation Services, West Tamar Council area: 1.3% Other Services, West Tamar Council area: 4.6% Industry not classified, West Tamar 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, West Tamar Council area: -22 Mining, West Tamar Council area: 0 Manufacturing, West Tamar Council area: -1 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, West Tamar Council area: 0 Construction, West Tamar Council area: +2 Wholesale Trade, West Tamar Council area: -6 Retail Trade, West Tamar Council area: -4 Accommodation and Food Services, West Tamar Council area: +6 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, West Tamar Council area: +9 Information Media and Telecommunications, West Tamar Council area: -6 Financial and Insurance Services, West Tamar Council area: +8 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, West Tamar Council area: +10 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, West Tamar Council area: -13 Administrative and Support Services, West Tamar Council area: -1 Public Administration and Safety, West Tamar Council area: +3 Education and Training, West Tamar Council area: +5 Health Care and Social Assistance, West Tamar Council area: +2 Arts and Recreation Services, West Tamar Council area: +8 Other Services, West Tamar Council area: +9 Industry not classified, West Tamar Council area: +7
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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