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Southern Flinders Region

Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Southern Flinders Region, comprising 42.2% of all total registered businesses, compared to 11.6% in South Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Southern Flinders 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 Southern Flinders 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
Southern Flinders Region - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing95242.211.696842.712.1-16
Mining90.40.390.40.40
Manufacturing572.54.2572.54.20
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services120.50.4120.50.30
Construction24310.815.124410.815.1-1
Wholesale Trade411.83.4431.93.4-2
Retail Trade1416.35.61597.05.8-18
Accommodation and Food Services833.74.0763.44.0+7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing883.96.61074.75.9-19
Information Media and Telecommunications30.10.600.00.6+3
Financial and Insurance Services1024.510.3944.210.5+8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2109.311.51878.211.6+23
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services713.29.3693.19.3+2
Administrative and Support Services281.23.6331.53.4-5
Public Administration and Safety30.10.330.10.30
Education and Training140.61.080.41.0+6
Health Care and Social Assistance853.86.1883.96.0-3
Arts and Recreation Services120.51.0130.61.0-1
Other Services914.04.2833.74.1+8
Industry not classified110.50.9120.50.9-1

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, Southern Flinders Region: 42.2% Mining, Southern Flinders Region: 0.4% Manufacturing, Southern Flinders Region: 2.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Flinders Region: 0.5% Construction, Southern Flinders Region: 10.8% Wholesale Trade, Southern Flinders Region: 1.8% Retail Trade, Southern Flinders Region: 6.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Flinders Region: 3.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Flinders Region: 3.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Flinders Region: 0.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Flinders Region: 4.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Flinders Region: 9.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Flinders Region: 3.2% Administrative and Support Services, Southern Flinders Region: 1.2% Public Administration and Safety, Southern Flinders Region: 0.1% Education and Training, Southern Flinders Region: 0.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Flinders Region: 3.8% Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Flinders Region: 0.5% Other Services, Southern Flinders Region: 4.0% Industry not classified, Southern Flinders Region: 0.5%
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, Southern Flinders Region: -16 Mining, Southern Flinders Region: 0 Manufacturing, Southern Flinders Region: 0 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Flinders Region: 0 Construction, Southern Flinders Region: -1 Wholesale Trade, Southern Flinders Region: -2 Retail Trade, Southern Flinders Region: -18 Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Flinders Region: +7 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Flinders Region: -19 Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Flinders Region: +3 Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Flinders Region: +8 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Flinders Region: +23 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Flinders Region: +2 Administrative and Support Services, Southern Flinders Region: -5 Public Administration and Safety, Southern Flinders Region: 0 Education and Training, Southern Flinders Region: +6 Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Flinders Region: -3 Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Flinders Region: -1 Other Services, Southern Flinders Region: +8 Industry not classified, Southern Flinders Region: -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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