RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Paroo Shire

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Paroo Shire, comprising 53.3% of all total registered businesses, compared to 8.8% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the Paroo Shire 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 Paroo Shire 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.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics – Business register – originally sourced from ATO data

Number of employees:
Current area:
Comparison year:
Registered businesses by industry
Paroo Shire - total registered businesses20202019change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2019 to 2020
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing13753.38.813953.18.8-2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services000.3000.30
Wholesale Trade103.92.9114.22.9-1
Retail Trade135.15.5155.75.5-2
Accommodation and Food Services103.93.893.43.8+1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing155.87.6114.27.6+4
Information Media and Telecommunications000.7000.70
Financial and Insurance Services41.68.372.78.3-3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services176.611.4114.211.4+6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services51.911.6103.811.6-5
Administrative and Support Services004.2004.20
Public Administration and Safety000.3000.30
Education and Training31.21.531.11.50
Health Care and Social Assistance31.26.331.16.30
Arts and Recreation Services001.2001.20
Other Services93.54.9135.04.9-4
Industry not classified000.1000.10
Total business257100.0100.0262100.0100.0-5

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2020 Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income. .id (informed decisions)

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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