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Western Downs Regional Council area

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Western Downs Regional Council area, comprising 48.2% of all total registered businesses, compared to 9.2% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Western 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 Western 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.

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
Western Downs Regional Council area - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,31848.29.22,28447.59.4+34
Mining250.50.4280.60.4-3
Manufacturing1212.53.61242.63.7-3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services30.10.360.10.3-3
Construction48710.117.050210.417.2-15
Wholesale Trade741.53.0841.73.0-10
Retail Trade1893.95.62054.35.7-16
Accommodation and Food Services1122.34.01062.24.0+6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2585.47.12876.06.3-29
Information Media and Telecommunications90.20.790.20.70
Financial and Insurance Services2334.88.42104.48.3+23
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4008.311.44128.611.6-12
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1463.011.11433.011.0+3
Administrative and Support Services721.54.0661.43.9+6
Public Administration and Safety120.20.3130.30.3-1
Education and Training210.41.4150.31.4+6
Health Care and Social Assistance731.55.8711.55.7+2
Arts and Recreation Services180.41.1150.31.2+3
Other Services2024.24.71863.94.7+16
Industry not classified400.80.9400.81.00

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: 9.2% Mining, Queensland: 0.4% Manufacturing, Queensland: 3.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 0.3% Construction, Queensland: 17.0% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.0% Retail Trade, Queensland: 5.6% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 4.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 7.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 8.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 11.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 11.1% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 4.0% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 0.3% Education and Training, Queensland: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 5.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.1% Other Services, Queensland: 4.7% Industry not classified, Queensland: 0.9% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 48.2% Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.5% Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.1% Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: 10.1% Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.5% Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.3% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 8.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.0% Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.5% Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.2% Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: 1.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.4% Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.2% Industry not classified, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.8%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area: +34 Mining, Western Downs Regional Council area: -3 Manufacturing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -3 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -3 Construction, Western Downs Regional Council area: -15 Wholesale Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -10 Retail Trade, Western Downs Regional Council area: -16 Accommodation and Food Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +6 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -29 Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +23 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: -12 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +3 Administrative and Support Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +6 Public Administration and Safety, Western Downs Regional Council area: -1 Education and Training, Western Downs Regional Council area: +6 Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Downs Regional Council area: +2 Arts and Recreation Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +3 Other Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: +16 Industry not classified, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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