City of Sydney

Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in City of Sydney, comprising 22.4% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.5% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are the City of Sydney 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 Sydney 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

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Registered businesses by industry
City of Sydney - total registered businesses20202019change
IndustryNumber%. % New South WalesNumber%. % New South Wales2019 to 2020
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4270.66.24260.66.2+1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2300.30.32170.30.3+13
Wholesale Trade2,5123.43.52,4903.53.5+22
Retail Trade3,4154.65.63,3784.75.6+37
Accommodation and Food Services3,4874.73.93,4404.83.9+47
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,8462.58.21,7602.48.2+86
Information Media and Telecommunications1,8192.51.11,8732.61.1-54
Financial and Insurance Services13,80318.79.213,15318.39.2+650
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services12,16416.510.911,71916.310.9+445
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services16,54922.413.516,13622.413.5+413
Administrative and Support Services3,5234.84.23,5224.94.2+1
Public Administration and Safety1780.20.41890.30.4-11
Education and Training1,3341.81.51,2751.81.5+59
Health Care and Social Assistance3,1284.26.23,0374.26.2+91
Arts and Recreation Services1,1671.61.31,1491.61.3+18
Other Services1,7812.44.11,6622.34.1+119
Industry not classified2310.30.22640.40.2-33
Total business73,934100.0100.071,900100.0100.0+2,034

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2020 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

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