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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, comprising 20.9% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.2% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in RDA Sunshine 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 RDA Sunshine 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
RDA Sunshine Coast Region - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,4383.89.41,5254.410.0-87
Mining500.10.4730.20.5-23
Manufacturing1,4994.03.71,4674.24.0+32
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services980.30.3990.30.3-1
Construction7,83020.917.27,07620.217.1+754
Wholesale Trade1,0462.83.11,0793.13.1-33
Retail Trade2,4086.45.72,4337.06.1-25
Accommodation and Food Services1,7254.64.01,5944.64.0+131
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,5784.26.31,4024.05.9+176
Information Media and Telecommunications2970.80.73310.90.7-34
Financial and Insurance Services3,4349.28.33,1098.97.9+325
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4,78212.811.64,68413.411.7+98
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,31911.611.03,88811.111.0+431
Administrative and Support Services1,3943.73.91,2843.73.8+110
Public Administration and Safety1000.30.31000.30.30
Education and Training5821.61.45371.51.3+45
Health Care and Social Assistance2,2466.05.72,0175.85.5+229
Arts and Recreation Services4681.31.14351.21.1+33
Other Services1,6264.44.71,4664.24.6+160
Industry not classified4551.21.23711.11.1+84

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 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 2017
Registered businesses by industry 2017 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 9.4% Mining, Queensland: 0.4% Manufacturing, Queensland: 3.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 0.3% Construction, Queensland: 17.2% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.1% Retail Trade, Queensland: 5.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 4.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 6.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 8.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 11.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 11.0% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.9% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 0.3% Education and Training, Queensland: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 5.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.1% Other Services, Queensland: 4.7% Industry not classified, Queensland: 1.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 3.8% Mining, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.1% Manufacturing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 4.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.3% Construction, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 20.9% Wholesale Trade, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.8% Retail Trade, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 6.4% Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 4.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 4.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 9.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 12.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 11.6% Administrative and Support Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 3.7% Public Administration and Safety, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.3% Education and Training, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 6.0% Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.3% Other Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 4.4% Industry not classified, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2015 to 2017
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2015 to 2017 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -87 Mining, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -23 Manufacturing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +32 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -1 Construction, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +754 Wholesale Trade, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -33 Retail Trade, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -25 Accommodation and Food Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +131 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +176 Information Media and Telecommunications, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: -34 Financial and Insurance Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +325 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +98 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +431 Administrative and Support Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +110 Public Administration and Safety, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0 Education and Training, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +45 Health Care and Social Assistance, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +229 Arts and Recreation Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +33 Other Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +160 Industry not classified, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: +84
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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