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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 17.9% 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 businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%Western Australia %Number%Western Australia %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing941.97.1942.07.4-1
Mining891.81.2781.61.2+11
Manufacturing731.53.9731.53.90
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services110.20.360.10.3+5
Construction60212.217.757511.918.3+27
Wholesale Trade1493.03.01573.33.0-8
Retail Trade1853.85.41883.95.5-3
Accommodation and Food Services1763.63.81893.93.8-13
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2334.87.91974.17.3+37
Information Media and Telecommunications360.70.7340.70.7+2
Financial and Insurance Services75615.49.473515.29.2+22
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services74215.110.774215.310.7+1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services87817.911.889818.611.8-20
Administrative and Support Services1573.23.71793.73.6-23
Public Administration and Safety60.10.390.20.3-3
Education and Training701.41.1761.61.1-6
Health Care and Social Assistance4178.55.53918.15.3+26
Arts and Recreation Services571.21.0491.01.0+8
Other Services1192.44.41062.24.4+13
Industry not classified651.31.0611.31.0+4

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, Western Australia: 7.1% Mining, Western Australia: 1.2% Manufacturing, Western Australia: 3.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Western Australia: 0.3% Construction, Western Australia: 17.7% Wholesale Trade, Western Australia: 3.0% Retail Trade, Western Australia: 5.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Western Australia: 3.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Western Australia: 7.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, Western Australia: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Western Australia: 9.4% 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: 3.7% Public Administration and Safety, Western Australia: 0.3% Education and Training, Western Australia: 1.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Western Australia: 5.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Western Australia: 1.0% Other Services, Western Australia: 4.4% Industry not classified, Western Australia: 1.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of South Perth: 1.9% Mining, City of South Perth: 1.8% Manufacturing, City of South Perth: 1.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of South Perth: 0.2% Construction, City of South Perth: 12.2% Wholesale Trade, City of South Perth: 3.0% Retail Trade, City of South Perth: 3.8% Accommodation and Food Services, City of South Perth: 3.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of South Perth: 4.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of South Perth: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, City of South Perth: 15.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of South Perth: 15.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of South Perth: 17.9% Administrative and Support Services, City of South Perth: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, City of South Perth: 0.1% Education and Training, City of South Perth: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of South Perth: 8.5% Arts and Recreation Services, City of South Perth: 1.2% Other Services, City of South Perth: 2.4% Industry not classified, City of South Perth: 1.3%
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, City of South Perth: -1 Mining, City of South Perth: +11 Manufacturing, City of South Perth: 0 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of South Perth: +5 Construction, City of South Perth: +27 Wholesale Trade, City of South Perth: -8 Retail Trade, City of South Perth: -3 Accommodation and Food Services, City of South Perth: -13 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of South Perth: +37 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of South Perth: +2 Financial and Insurance Services, City of South Perth: +22 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of South Perth: +1 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of South Perth: -20 Administrative and Support Services, City of South Perth: -23 Public Administration and Safety, City of South Perth: -3 Education and Training, City of South Perth: -6 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of South Perth: +26 Arts and Recreation Services, City of South Perth: +8 Other Services, City of South Perth: +13 Industry not classified, City of South Perth: +4
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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