RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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Sunshine Coast Council area

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Sunshine Coast Council area, comprising 21.0% of all total registered businesses, compared to 16.6% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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
Sunshine Coast Council area - total registered businesses20202019change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2019 to 2020
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1833.68.81,2093.78.8-26
Mining710.20.4650.20.4+6
Manufacturing1,3244.03.61,2854.03.6+39
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services990.30.3890.30.3+10
Construction7,01221.016.67,02121.616.6-9
Wholesale Trade9622.92.99132.82.9+49
Retail Trade1,9625.95.51,9636.05.5-1
Accommodation and Food Services1,3143.93.81,3144.03.80
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,6014.87.61,5714.87.6+30
Information Media and Telecommunications2940.90.72780.90.7+16
Financial and Insurance Services3,1049.38.33,0279.38.3+77
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4,09412.311.43,96412.211.4+130
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,99412.011.63,82811.811.6+166
Administrative and Support Services1,3043.94.21,2493.84.2+55
Public Administration and Safety970.30.3870.30.3+10
Education and Training5541.71.55261.61.5+28
Health Care and Social Assistance2,2976.96.32,1376.66.3+160
Arts and Recreation Services4591.41.24221.31.2+37
Other Services1,5644.74.91,4724.54.9+92
Industry not classified280.10.1430.10.1-15
Total business33,317100.0100.032,463100.0100.0+854

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2020 Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income. .id (informed decisions)

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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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