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Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the NSROC Region, comprising 21.7% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.1% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in NSROC 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 NSROC 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
NSROC Region - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9561.27.11,0831.47.6-127
Mining1220.20.21400.20.2-18
Manufacturing1,7502.23.51,7372.33.7+13
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1550.20.31260.20.3+29
Construction7,3809.315.86,7199.015.2+661
Wholesale Trade3,4144.33.73,3474.53.9+67
Retail Trade3,8294.85.83,8485.16.3-20
Accommodation and Food Services2,7503.54.12,6123.54.1+139
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,6193.36.81,9392.66.2+680
Information Media and Telecommunications1,4771.91.21,4782.01.2-2
Financial and Insurance Services11,42914.59.110,54314.18.8+886
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services10,37313.111.09,97613.311.2+397
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services17,16221.713.116,54422.113.0+617
Administrative and Support Services3,2854.24.03,1454.24.0+140
Public Administration and Safety2020.30.42150.30.4-13
Education and Training1,4231.81.41,3821.81.4+41
Health Care and Social Assistance6,4838.25.96,0938.15.8+391
Arts and Recreation Services1,0461.31.31,0011.31.3+45
Other Services2,2102.84.02,0362.74.1+174
Industry not classified1,0251.31.29561.31.2+69

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, New South Wales: 7.1% Mining, New South Wales: 0.2% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 3.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.3% Construction, New South Wales: 15.8% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 3.7% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 5.8% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 4.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 6.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 9.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 11.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 13.1% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 4.0% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 0.4% Education and Training, New South Wales: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 5.9% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.3% Other Services, New South Wales: 4.0% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 1.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, NSROC Region: 1.2% Mining, NSROC Region: 0.2% Manufacturing, NSROC Region: 2.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, NSROC Region: 0.2% Construction, NSROC Region: 9.3% Wholesale Trade, NSROC Region: 4.3% Retail Trade, NSROC Region: 4.8% Accommodation and Food Services, NSROC Region: 3.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, NSROC Region: 3.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, NSROC Region: 1.9% Financial and Insurance Services, NSROC Region: 14.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, NSROC Region: 13.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, NSROC Region: 21.7% Administrative and Support Services, NSROC Region: 4.2% Public Administration and Safety, NSROC Region: 0.3% Education and Training, NSROC Region: 1.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, NSROC Region: 8.2% Arts and Recreation Services, NSROC Region: 1.3% Other Services, NSROC Region: 2.8% Industry not classified, NSROC Region: 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, NSROC Region: -127 Mining, NSROC Region: -18 Manufacturing, NSROC Region: +13 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, NSROC Region: +29 Construction, NSROC Region: +661 Wholesale Trade, NSROC Region: +67 Retail Trade, NSROC Region: -20 Accommodation and Food Services, NSROC Region: +139 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, NSROC Region: +680 Information Media and Telecommunications, NSROC Region: -2 Financial and Insurance Services, NSROC Region: +886 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, NSROC Region: +397 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, NSROC Region: +617 Administrative and Support Services, NSROC Region: +140 Public Administration and Safety, NSROC Region: -13 Education and Training, NSROC Region: +41 Health Care and Social Assistance, NSROC Region: +391 Arts and Recreation Services, NSROC Region: +45 Other Services, NSROC Region: +174 Industry not classified, NSROC Region: +69
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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