RDA Limestone Coast Region

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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 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.

Data source

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

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Registered businesses by industry
Limestone Coast region - Total registered businesses20182017change
IndustryNumber%. % South AustraliaNumber%. % South Australia2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,94039.311.62,95239.812.1-12
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services210.30.4210.30.30
Wholesale Trade1992.73.42032.73.4-4
Retail Trade4155.55.64075.55.8+8
Accommodation and Food Services2623.54.02543.44.0+8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3154.26.63164.35.9-1
Information Media and Telecommunications120.20.6120.20.60
Financial and Insurance Services4606.210.34586.210.5+2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services77310.311.574910.111.6+24
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3264.49.33134.29.3+13
Administrative and Support Services1371.83.61301.83.4+7
Public Administration and Safety120.20.3150.20.3-3
Education and Training330.41.0370.51.0-4
Health Care and Social Assistance1782.46.11652.26.0+13
Arts and Recreation Services470.61.0580.81.0-11
Other Services2783.74.22863.94.1-8
Industry not classified560.70.9470.60.9+9
Total business7,479100.0100.07,411100.0100.0+68

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

RDA Limestone Coast Region

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