The Hills Shire

Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in The Hills Shire, comprising 16.6% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.5% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are The Hills Shire 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 Hills Shire 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
The Hills Shire - total registered businesses20202019change
IndustryNumber%. % New South WalesNumber%. % New South Wales2019 to 2020
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2521.16.22571.26.2-5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services480.20.3490.20.3-1
Wholesale Trade1,0054.43.51,0174.63.5-12
Retail Trade1,3135.75.61,2565.75.6+57
Accommodation and Food Services6903.03.96543.03.9+36
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,2975.78.21,2125.58.2+85
Information Media and Telecommunications2050.91.12030.91.1+2
Financial and Insurance Services2,68411.79.22,60311.89.2+81
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,98313.010.92,84912.910.9+134
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,79516.613.53,61416.413.5+181
Administrative and Support Services8863.94.28603.94.2+26
Public Administration and Safety860.40.4810.40.4+5
Education and Training4261.91.54031.81.5+23
Health Care and Social Assistance1,7857.86.21,6517.56.2+134
Arts and Recreation Services2391.01.32421.11.3-3
Other Services8203.64.17693.54.1+51
Industry not classified370.20.2400.20.2-3
Total business22,927100.0100.022,082100.0100.0+845

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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