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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of businesses employing 1 to 4 people in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, comprising 25.2% of all businesses employing 1 to 4 people, compared to 6.2% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in RDA Darling Downs and South West 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Businesses employing 1 to 4 people20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,89125.26.21,89226.16.3-1
Mining310.40.4210.30.4+10
Manufacturing2323.14.02112.94.0+21
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services120.20.4150.20.4-3
Construction1,36718.220.81,32818.320.5+39
Wholesale Trade1952.63.52002.83.5-5
Retail Trade5086.87.15487.67.2-40
Accommodation and Food Services3094.15.32593.65.1+50
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5026.75.14686.55.2+34
Information Media and Telecommunications290.40.8200.30.8+9
Financial and Insurance Services2253.04.42173.04.6+8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2723.65.42783.85.5-6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5477.314.35147.114.4+33
Administrative and Support Services2243.04.42193.04.3+5
Public Administration and Safety170.20.3170.20.30
Education and Training741.01.5570.81.5+17
Health Care and Social Assistance4295.77.14005.57.0+29
Arts and Recreation Services700.91.2470.61.1+23
Other Services5377.27.24986.97.2+39
Industry not classified360.50.7330.50.7+3

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, Queensland: 6.2% Mining, Queensland: 0.4% Manufacturing, Queensland: 4.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 0.4% Construction, Queensland: 20.8% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.5% Retail Trade, Queensland: 7.1% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 5.3% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 4.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 5.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 14.3% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 4.4% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 0.3% Education and Training, Queensland: 1.5% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 7.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.2% Other Services, Queensland: 7.2% Industry not classified, Queensland: 0.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 25.2% Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.4% Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 18.2% Wholesale Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.6% Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.8% Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.4% Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.3% Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.0% Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.7% Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.9% Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.2% Industry not classified, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.5%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1 Mining, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +10 Manufacturing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +21 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -3 Construction, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +39 Wholesale Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -5 Retail Trade, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -40 Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +50 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +34 Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +9 Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +8 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -6 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +33 Administrative and Support Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +5 Public Administration and Safety, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0 Education and Training, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +17 Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +29 Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +23 Other Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +39 Industry not classified, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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