Sunshine Coast

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Sunshine Coast, comprising 21.7% of all total registered businesses, compared to 17.3% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics – Business register – originally sourced from ATO data

Number of employees:
Comparison year:
Registered businesses by industry
Sunshine Coast - total registered businesses20222021change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2021 to 2022
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,2343.58.61,2113.68.6+23
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1090.30.31020.30.3+7
Wholesale Trade9802.83.09883.03.0-8
Retail Trade2,2656.46.02,1476.46.0+118
Accommodation and Food Services1,4934.24.01,4294.34.0+64
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,5394.37.11,5944.87.1-55
Information Media and Telecommunications3270.90.83281.00.8-1
Financial and Insurance Services1,4574.14.11,3874.14.1+70
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4,54912.811.84,26612.811.8+283
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,71613.212.34,31612.912.3+400
Administrative and Support Services1,5354.34.61,4104.24.6+125
Public Administration and Safety700.20.3760.20.3-6
Education and Training6461.81.66041.81.6+42
Health Care and Social Assistance2,8828.17.22,5687.77.2+314
Arts and Recreation Services5841.61.45471.61.4+37
Other Services1,9355.45.51,7365.25.5+199
Industry not classified370.10.1290.10.1+8
Total business35,598100.0100.033,451100.0100.0+2,147

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2021 Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income. .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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