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Limestone Coast region

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Limestone Coast region, comprising 39.3% of all total registered businesses, compared to 11.6% in South Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Limestone Coast 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 Limestone Coast 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
Limestone Coast region - Total registered businesses20182015Change
IndustryNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2015 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,94039.311.62,93040.212.6+10
Mining150.20.3150.20.40
Manufacturing2263.04.22213.04.4+5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services210.30.4210.30.30
Construction77410.315.176610.514.6+8
Wholesale Trade1992.73.41982.73.4+1
Retail Trade4155.55.64175.76.2-2
Accommodation and Food Services2623.54.02593.63.9+3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3154.26.63144.35.7+1
Information Media and Telecommunications120.20.690.10.7+3
Financial and Insurance Services4606.210.34295.910.4+31
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services77310.311.573910.111.5+34
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3264.49.33014.19.4+25
Administrative and Support Services1371.83.61201.63.4+17
Public Administration and Safety120.20.360.10.3+6
Education and Training330.41.0280.41.0+5
Health Care and Social Assistance1782.46.11672.35.7+11
Arts and Recreation Services470.61.0520.71.0-5
Other Services2783.74.22543.54.1+24
Industry not classified560.70.9440.61.1+12

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, Limestone Coast region: 39.3% Mining, Limestone Coast region: 0.2% Manufacturing, Limestone Coast region: 3.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Limestone Coast region: 0.3% Construction, Limestone Coast region: 10.3% Wholesale Trade, Limestone Coast region: 2.7% Retail Trade, Limestone Coast region: 5.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Limestone Coast region: 3.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Limestone Coast region: 4.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Limestone Coast region: 0.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Limestone Coast region: 6.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Limestone Coast region: 10.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Limestone Coast region: 4.4% Administrative and Support Services, Limestone Coast region: 1.8% Public Administration and Safety, Limestone Coast region: 0.2% Education and Training, Limestone Coast region: 0.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Limestone Coast region: 2.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Limestone Coast region: 0.6% Other Services, Limestone Coast region: 3.7% Industry not classified, Limestone Coast region: 0.7%
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, 2015 to 2018
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2015 to 2018 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Limestone Coast region: +10 Mining, Limestone Coast region: 0 Manufacturing, Limestone Coast region: +5 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Limestone Coast region: 0 Construction, Limestone Coast region: +8 Wholesale Trade, Limestone Coast region: +1 Retail Trade, Limestone Coast region: -2 Accommodation and Food Services, Limestone Coast region: +3 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Limestone Coast region: +1 Information Media and Telecommunications, Limestone Coast region: +3 Financial and Insurance Services, Limestone Coast region: +31 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Limestone Coast region: +34 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Limestone Coast region: +25 Administrative and Support Services, Limestone Coast region: +17 Public Administration and Safety, Limestone Coast region: +6 Education and Training, Limestone Coast region: +5 Health Care and Social Assistance, Limestone Coast region: +11 Arts and Recreation Services, Limestone Coast region: -5 Other Services, Limestone Coast region: +24 Industry not classified, Limestone Coast region: +12
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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