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Wakefield Regional Council area

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Wakefield Regional Council area, comprising 49.1% of all total registered businesses, compared to 11.6% in South Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Wakefield Regional 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 Wakefield Regional 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
Wakefield Regional Council area - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing41449.111.641348.212.1+2
Mining20.30.320.30.40
Manufacturing161.94.2182.14.2-2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services50.70.450.50.3+1
Construction597.015.1566.615.1+2
Wholesale Trade151.83.4131.63.4+2
Retail Trade404.75.6313.65.8+9
Accommodation and Food Services161.94.0232.74.0-6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing435.16.6566.55.9-13
Information Media and Telecommunications50.60.650.50.60
Financial and Insurance Services333.910.3374.310.5-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services11213.311.511012.811.6+2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services202.49.3222.69.3-2
Administrative and Support Services91.13.6101.23.4-1
Public Administration and Safety00.00.300.00.30
Education and Training20.31.020.31.00
Health Care and Social Assistance202.46.1161.86.0+5
Arts and Recreation Services50.61.050.51.00
Other Services182.14.2273.24.1-9
Industry not classified70.80.970.80.90

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, Wakefield Regional Council area: 49.1% Mining, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.3% Manufacturing, Wakefield Regional Council area: 1.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.7% Construction, Wakefield Regional Council area: 7.0% Wholesale Trade, Wakefield Regional Council area: 1.8% Retail Trade, Wakefield Regional Council area: 4.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 1.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Wakefield Regional Council area: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 3.9% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 13.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 2.4% Administrative and Support Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 1.1% Public Administration and Safety, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.0% Education and Training, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, Wakefield Regional Council area: 2.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0.6% Other Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 2.1% Industry not classified, Wakefield Regional 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, Wakefield Regional Council area: +2 Mining, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0 Manufacturing, Wakefield Regional Council area: -2 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: +1 Construction, Wakefield Regional Council area: +2 Wholesale Trade, Wakefield Regional Council area: +2 Retail Trade, Wakefield Regional Council area: +9 Accommodation and Food Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: -6 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Wakefield Regional Council area: -13 Information Media and Telecommunications, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: -4 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: +2 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: -2 Administrative and Support Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: -1 Public Administration and Safety, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0 Education and Training, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0 Health Care and Social Assistance, Wakefield Regional Council area: +5 Arts and Recreation Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0 Other Services, Wakefield Regional Council area: -9 Industry not classified, Wakefield Regional Council area: 0
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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