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Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Southern Downs Regional Council, comprising 39.5% of all total registered businesses, compared to 9.4% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Southern Downs Regional Council 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 Southern Downs Regional Council 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 Downs Regional Council - Total registered businesses20172015Change
IndustryNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2015 to 2017
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,60639.59.41,58739.110.0+19
Mining120.30.4120.30.50
Manufacturing1383.43.71413.54.0-4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services90.20.390.20.30
Construction50912.517.248812.017.1+21
Wholesale Trade912.23.1972.43.1-6
Retail Trade2125.25.72305.76.1-19
Accommodation and Food Services1573.94.01433.54.0+14
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1964.86.32105.25.9-14
Information Media and Telecommunications60.10.760.10.70
Financial and Insurance Services1774.38.31884.67.9-11
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3187.811.63117.711.7+7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1764.311.01724.211.0+4
Administrative and Support Services1012.53.9862.13.8+15
Public Administration and Safety30.10.3120.30.3-9
Education and Training280.71.4250.61.3+3
Health Care and Social Assistance882.25.71022.55.5-14
Arts and Recreation Services360.91.1330.81.1+3
Other Services1784.44.71824.54.6-4
Industry not classified270.71.2270.71.10

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, Queensland: 9.4% Mining, Queensland: 0.4% Manufacturing, Queensland: 3.7% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 0.3% Construction, Queensland: 17.2% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.1% Retail Trade, Queensland: 5.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 4.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 6.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 8.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 11.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 11.0% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.9% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 0.3% Education and Training, Queensland: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 5.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.1% Other Services, Queensland: 4.7% Industry not classified, Queensland: 1.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Southern Downs Regional Council: 39.5% Mining, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0.3% Manufacturing, Southern Downs Regional Council: 3.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0.2% Construction, Southern Downs Regional Council: 12.5% Wholesale Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council: 2.2% Retail Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council: 5.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 3.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Downs Regional Council: 4.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 4.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 7.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 4.3% Administrative and Support Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 2.5% Public Administration and Safety, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0.1% Education and Training, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Downs Regional Council: 2.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0.9% Other Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 4.4% Industry not classified, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0.7%
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, Southern Downs Regional Council: +19 Mining, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0 Manufacturing, Southern Downs Regional Council: -4 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0 Construction, Southern Downs Regional Council: +21 Wholesale Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council: -6 Retail Trade, Southern Downs Regional Council: -19 Accommodation and Food Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: +14 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Southern Downs Regional Council: -14 Information Media and Telecommunications, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0 Financial and Insurance Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: -11 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: +7 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: +4 Administrative and Support Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: +15 Public Administration and Safety, Southern Downs Regional Council: -9 Education and Training, Southern Downs Regional Council: +3 Health Care and Social Assistance, Southern Downs Regional Council: -14 Arts and Recreation Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: +3 Other Services, Southern Downs Regional Council: -4 Industry not classified, Southern Downs Regional Council: 0
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2015 to 2017 Cat. No. 8165.0
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