RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Southern Downs Regional Council area, comprising 38.2% of all total registered businesses, compared to 9.0% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the Southern Downs Regional 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 the Southern Downs Regional 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.

Data source

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

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Registered businesses by industry
Southern Downs Regional Council area - total registered businesses20192018change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2018 to 2019
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,59738.29.01,60638.89.0-9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services60.10.390.20.3-3
Wholesale Trade1062.53.01092.63.0-3
Retail Trade2155.15.62175.25.6-2
Accommodation and Food Services1453.53.91473.53.9-2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2044.97.22054.97.2-1
Information Media and Telecommunications90.20.8100.20.8-1
Financial and Insurance Services1794.38.31774.38.3+2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3378.111.43308.011.4+7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1824.411.41774.311.4+5
Administrative and Support Services1232.94.11072.64.1+16
Public Administration and Safety90.20.390.20.30
Education and Training210.51.4220.51.4-1
Health Care and Social Assistance1092.66.11042.56.1+5
Arts and Recreation Services431.01.2360.91.2+7
Other Services1724.14.81684.14.8+4
Industry not classified120.30.2150.40.2-3
Total business4,180100.0100.04,143100.0100.0+37

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2019 Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income. .id the population experts

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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