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Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in the Sydney Eastern Suburbs, comprising 18.6% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.1% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in Sydney Eastern Suburbs 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 Sydney Eastern Suburbs 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
Sydney Eastern Suburbs - Total registered businesses20182017Change
IndustryNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2500.86.82810.97.1-31
Mining400.10.2420.10.2-2
Manufacturing5881.83.45731.83.5+15
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services670.20.3630.20.3+4
Construction3,38910.416.03,1769.915.8+213
Wholesale Trade1,0053.13.61,0263.23.8-22
Retail Trade1,7435.35.71,7445.55.8-1
Accommodation and Food Services1,3574.14.01,3654.34.1-8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,4684.57.61,2013.86.8+267
Information Media and Telecommunications8632.61.28582.71.2+5
Financial and Insurance Services3,66411.29.13,55311.19.1+111
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4,80714.710.94,75114.911.0+57
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,08318.613.15,99918.813.1+84
Administrative and Support Services1,3734.24.11,3824.34.0-8
Public Administration and Safety810.20.4880.30.4-7
Education and Training5771.81.45711.81.4+6
Health Care and Social Assistance3,1029.55.93,0629.65.9+39
Arts and Recreation Services8152.51.38172.61.3-2
Other Services1,0703.34.01,0243.24.0+46
Industry not classified3751.10.93881.21.0-13

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, New South Wales: 6.8% Mining, New South Wales: 0.2% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 3.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.3% Construction, New South Wales: 16.0% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 3.6% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 5.7% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 4.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 7.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 9.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 10.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 13.1% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 4.1% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 0.4% Education and Training, New South Wales: 1.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 5.9% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.3% Other Services, New South Wales: 4.0% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 0.9% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 0.8% Mining, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 0.1% Manufacturing, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 1.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 0.2% Construction, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 10.4% Wholesale Trade, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 3.1% Retail Trade, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 5.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 4.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 4.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 2.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 11.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 14.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 18.6% Administrative and Support Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 4.2% Public Administration and Safety, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 0.2% Education and Training, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 1.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 9.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 2.5% Other Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 3.3% Industry not classified, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: 1.1%
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, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -31 Mining, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -2 Manufacturing, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +15 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +4 Construction, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +213 Wholesale Trade, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -22 Retail Trade, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -1 Accommodation and Food Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -8 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +267 Information Media and Telecommunications, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +5 Financial and Insurance Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +111 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +57 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +84 Administrative and Support Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -8 Public Administration and Safety, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -7 Education and Training, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +6 Health Care and Social Assistance, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +39 Arts and Recreation Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -2 Other Services, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: +46 Industry not classified, Sydney Eastern Suburbs: -13
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Cat. No. 8165.0
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