The Hills Shire

Businesses by industry

The Construction industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in The Hills Shire, comprising 17.1% of all total registered businesses, compared to 16.0% in Greater Sydney.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are in 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 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.

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.

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 businesses20182017change
IndustryNumber%. % Greater SydneyNumber%. % Greater Sydney2017 to 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2491.26.82671.37.1-18
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services520.20.3510.30.3+1
Wholesale Trade1,0144.83.61,0295.13.8-14
Retail Trade1,1595.55.71,1495.75.8+11
Accommodation and Food Services6303.04.05702.84.1+60
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1285.37.69074.56.8+221
Information Media and Telecommunications2021.01.21840.91.2+19
Financial and Insurance Services2,49211.89.12,35811.79.1+134
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,68312.710.92,64013.011.0+43
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,36615.913.13,25116.113.1+115
Administrative and Support Services7953.84.17423.74.0+53
Public Administration and Safety600.30.4810.40.4-21
Education and Training3511.71.43541.71.4-3
Health Care and Social Assistance1,6227.75.91,5177.55.9+105
Arts and Recreation Services2221.01.32201.11.3+2
Other Services7373.54.07343.64.0+3
Industry not classified1800.90.92021.01.0-21
Total business21,149100.0100.020,236100.0100.0+912

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2016 to 2018 Note: Non-employing businesses includes sole proprietors where the proprietor does not receive a wage or salary separate to the business income. .id the population experts

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

The Hills Shire Council

economic profile