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Light Regional Council

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Light Regional Council, comprising 28.9% of all total registered businesses, compared to 11.6% in South Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Light Regional 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 Light Regional 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
Light Regional Council - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing38828.911.639329.412.1-5
Mining00.00.300.00.40
Manufacturing1057.84.21027.74.2+3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services00.00.400.00.30
Construction25519.015.124518.315.1+10
Wholesale Trade332.53.4282.13.4+5
Retail Trade463.45.6604.55.8-15
Accommodation and Food Services362.74.0342.64.0+2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing755.66.6765.75.90
Information Media and Telecommunications00.00.620.20.6-2
Financial and Insurance Services614.610.3675.010.5-5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1098.111.51108.211.60
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services785.89.3715.39.3+7
Administrative and Support Services302.23.6221.63.4+8
Public Administration and Safety80.60.380.60.30
Education and Training60.51.0100.81.0-4
Health Care and Social Assistance332.46.1251.96.0+8
Arts and Recreation Services110.81.0141.01.0-2
Other Services644.74.2675.04.1-3
Industry not classified30.20.920.20.9+1

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, South Australia: 11.6% Mining, South Australia: 0.3% Manufacturing, South Australia: 4.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South Australia: 0.4% Construction, South Australia: 15.1% Wholesale Trade, South Australia: 3.4% Retail Trade, South Australia: 5.6% Accommodation and Food Services, South Australia: 4.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South Australia: 6.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, South Australia: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, South Australia: 10.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South Australia: 11.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South Australia: 9.3% Administrative and Support Services, South Australia: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, South Australia: 0.3% Education and Training, South Australia: 1.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, South Australia: 6.1% Arts and Recreation Services, South Australia: 1.0% Other Services, South Australia: 4.2% Industry not classified, South Australia: 0.9% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Light Regional Council: 28.9% Mining, Light Regional Council: 0.0% Manufacturing, Light Regional Council: 7.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Light Regional Council: 0.0% Construction, Light Regional Council: 19.0% Wholesale Trade, Light Regional Council: 2.5% Retail Trade, Light Regional Council: 3.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Light Regional Council: 2.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Light Regional Council: 5.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Light Regional Council: 0.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Light Regional Council: 4.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Light Regional Council: 8.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Light Regional Council: 5.8% Administrative and Support Services, Light Regional Council: 2.2% Public Administration and Safety, Light Regional Council: 0.6% Education and Training, Light Regional Council: 0.5% Health Care and Social Assistance, Light Regional Council: 2.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Light Regional Council: 0.8% Other Services, Light Regional Council: 4.7% Industry not classified, Light Regional Council: 0.2%
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, Light Regional Council: -5 Mining, Light Regional Council: 0 Manufacturing, Light Regional Council: +3 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Light Regional Council: 0 Construction, Light Regional Council: +10 Wholesale Trade, Light Regional Council: +5 Retail Trade, Light Regional Council: -15 Accommodation and Food Services, Light Regional Council: +2 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Light Regional Council: 0 Information Media and Telecommunications, Light Regional Council: -2 Financial and Insurance Services, Light Regional Council: -5 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Light Regional Council: 0 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Light Regional Council: +7 Administrative and Support Services, Light Regional Council: +8 Public Administration and Safety, Light Regional Council: 0 Education and Training, Light Regional Council: -4 Health Care and Social Assistance, Light Regional Council: +8 Arts and Recreation Services, Light Regional Council: -2 Other Services, Light Regional Council: -3 Industry not classified, Light Regional Council: +1
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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