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Northern Areas Council area

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Northern Areas Council area, comprising 52.8% of all total registered businesses, compared to 11.6% in South Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Northern Areas 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 Northern Areas 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
Northern Areas Council area - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing33452.811.634953.812.1-15
Mining30.50.360.90.4-3
Manufacturing162.54.2142.24.2+2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services60.90.460.90.30
Construction518.015.1558.415.1-4
Wholesale Trade111.73.4111.73.40
Retail Trade304.75.6274.15.8+3
Accommodation and Food Services132.04.0162.54.0-3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing182.86.6203.15.9-2
Information Media and Telecommunications00.00.600.00.60
Financial and Insurance Services325.010.3284.310.5+4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services589.111.5538.111.6+5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services172.79.3203.19.3-3
Administrative and Support Services60.93.660.93.40
Public Administration and Safety00.00.300.00.30
Education and Training00.01.000.01.00
Health Care and Social Assistance152.46.1142.26.0+1
Arts and Recreation Services30.51.030.51.00
Other Services162.54.2182.84.1-2
Industry not classified50.80.940.60.9+1

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, Northern Areas Council area: 52.8% Mining, Northern Areas Council area: 0.5% Manufacturing, Northern Areas Council area: 2.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Areas Council area: 0.9% Construction, Northern Areas Council area: 8.0% Wholesale Trade, Northern Areas Council area: 1.7% Retail Trade, Northern Areas Council area: 4.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Areas Council area: 2.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Areas Council area: 2.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Areas Council area: 0.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Areas Council area: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Areas Council area: 9.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Areas Council area: 2.7% Administrative and Support Services, Northern Areas Council area: 0.9% Public Administration and Safety, Northern Areas Council area: 0.0% Education and Training, Northern Areas Council area: 0.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Areas Council area: 2.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Areas Council area: 0.5% Other Services, Northern Areas Council area: 2.5% Industry not classified, Northern Areas Council area: 0.8%
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, Northern Areas Council area: -15 Mining, Northern Areas Council area: -3 Manufacturing, Northern Areas Council area: +2 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Northern Areas Council area: 0 Construction, Northern Areas Council area: -4 Wholesale Trade, Northern Areas Council area: 0 Retail Trade, Northern Areas Council area: +3 Accommodation and Food Services, Northern Areas Council area: -3 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Northern Areas Council area: -2 Information Media and Telecommunications, Northern Areas Council area: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, Northern Areas Council area: +4 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Northern Areas Council area: +5 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Northern Areas Council area: -3 Administrative and Support Services, Northern Areas Council area: 0 Public Administration and Safety, Northern Areas Council area: 0 Education and Training, Northern Areas Council area: 0 Health Care and Social Assistance, Northern Areas Council area: +1 Arts and Recreation Services, Northern Areas Council area: 0 Other Services, Northern Areas Council area: -2 Industry not classified, Northern Areas Council area: +1
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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