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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 21.5% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.0% in Queensland.

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

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
Sunshine Coast Council area - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,2313.99.21,2043.99.4+26
Mining600.20.4480.20.4+12
Manufacturing1,2644.03.61,2584.13.7+6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services940.30.3840.30.3+10
Construction6,77121.517.06,60321.617.2+168
Wholesale Trade8982.83.08882.93.0+10
Retail Trade1,8906.05.61,9176.35.7-27
Accommodation and Food Services1,3554.34.01,3634.54.0-9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,5544.97.11,3564.46.3+197
Information Media and Telecommunications2430.80.72560.80.7-13
Financial and Insurance Services2,9959.58.42,8049.28.3+190
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,81312.111.43,75112.311.6+63
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,58611.411.13,47611.411.0+110
Administrative and Support Services1,1513.74.01,1073.63.9+45
Public Administration and Safety900.30.3960.30.3-6
Education and Training4521.41.44601.51.4-8
Health Care and Social Assistance1,9686.25.81,8896.25.7+79
Arts and Recreation Services3951.31.14021.31.2-7
Other Services1,3934.44.71,3584.44.7+35
Industry not classified2970.90.92840.91.0+13

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, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.9% Mining, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.2% Manufacturing, Sunshine Coast Council area: 4.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.3% Construction, Sunshine Coast Council area: 21.5% Wholesale Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.8% Retail Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: 6.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 4.3% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Sunshine Coast Council area: 4.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 9.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 12.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 11.4% Administrative and Support Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.7% Public Administration and Safety, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.3% Education and Training, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Sunshine Coast Council area: 6.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.3% Other Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 4.4% Industry not classified, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.9%
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, Sunshine Coast Council area: +26 Mining, Sunshine Coast Council area: +12 Manufacturing, Sunshine Coast Council area: +6 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +10 Construction, Sunshine Coast Council area: +168 Wholesale Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: +10 Retail Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: -27 Accommodation and Food Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: -9 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Sunshine Coast Council area: +197 Information Media and Telecommunications, Sunshine Coast Council area: -13 Financial and Insurance Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +190 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +63 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +110 Administrative and Support Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +45 Public Administration and Safety, Sunshine Coast Council area: -6 Education and Training, Sunshine Coast Council area: -8 Health Care and Social Assistance, Sunshine Coast Council area: +79 Arts and Recreation Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: -7 Other Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +35 Industry not classified, Sunshine Coast Council area: +13
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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