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Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the City of South Perth, comprising 18.4% of all total registered businesses, compared to 11.8% in Western Australia.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in City of South Perth 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 City of South Perth 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
City of South Perth - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%Western Australia %Number%Western Australia %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing952.07.4992.17.9-4
Mining751.61.2841.81.3-8
Manufacturing751.53.8711.54.0+4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services90.20.330.10.3+6
Construction58212.018.355111.618.7+31
Wholesale Trade1633.43.01493.13.0+14
Retail Trade1773.75.52074.45.8-30
Accommodation and Food Services1813.73.81633.43.7+18
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2134.47.31773.76.4+36
Information Media and Telecommunications390.80.7390.80.60
Financial and Insurance Services73615.29.276616.18.9-30
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services74515.410.773815.510.8+7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services89018.411.889218.711.8-1
Administrative and Support Services1773.73.61733.63.6+4
Public Administration and Safety90.20.360.10.3+3
Education and Training661.41.1561.21.1+10
Health Care and Social Assistance3847.95.33527.44.9+31
Arts and Recreation Services461.01.1521.11.0-6
Other Services1062.24.41092.34.4-3
Industry not classified701.41.2681.41.2+2

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 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 2017
Registered businesses by industry 2017 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Western Australia: 7.4% Mining, Western Australia: 1.2% Manufacturing, Western Australia: 3.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Australia: 0.3% Construction, Western Australia: 18.3% Wholesale Trade, Western Australia: 3.0% Retail Trade, Western Australia: 5.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Australia: 3.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Australia: 7.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Australia: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Australia: 9.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Western Australia: 10.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Western Australia: 11.8% Administrative and Support Services, Western Australia: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, Western Australia: 0.3% Education and Training, Western Australia: 1.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Australia: 5.3% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Australia: 1.1% Other Services, Western Australia: 4.4% Industry not classified, Western Australia: 1.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of South Perth: 2.0% Mining, City of South Perth: 1.6% Manufacturing, City of South Perth: 1.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of South Perth: 0.2% Construction, City of South Perth: 12.0% Wholesale Trade, City of South Perth: 3.4% Retail Trade, City of South Perth: 3.7% Accommodation and Food Services, City of South Perth: 3.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of South Perth: 4.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of South Perth: 0.8% Financial and Insurance Services, City of South Perth: 15.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of South Perth: 15.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of South Perth: 18.4% Administrative and Support Services, City of South Perth: 3.7% Public Administration and Safety, City of South Perth: 0.2% Education and Training, City of South Perth: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of South Perth: 7.9% Arts and Recreation Services, City of South Perth: 1.0% Other Services, City of South Perth: 2.2% Industry not classified, City of South Perth: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2015 to 2017
Change in registered businesses by industry, 2015 to 2017 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of South Perth: -4 Mining, City of South Perth: -8 Manufacturing, City of South Perth: +4 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of South Perth: +6 Construction, City of South Perth: +31 Wholesale Trade, City of South Perth: +14 Retail Trade, City of South Perth: -30 Accommodation and Food Services, City of South Perth: +18 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of South Perth: +36 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of South Perth: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, City of South Perth: -30 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of South Perth: +7 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of South Perth: -1 Administrative and Support Services, City of South Perth: +4 Public Administration and Safety, City of South Perth: +3 Education and Training, City of South Perth: +10 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of South Perth: +31 Arts and Recreation Services, City of South Perth: -6 Other Services, City of South Perth: -3 Industry not classified, City of South Perth: +2
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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