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Businesses by industry

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Whitsunday, comprising 18.7% of all total registered businesses, compared to 8.9% in Queensland.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are Whitsunday 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 Whitsunday 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:
Current area:
Comparison year:
Registered businesses by industry
Whitsunday - total registered businesses20212020change
IndustryNumber%. % QueenslandNumber%. % Queensland2020 to 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing71218.78.968218.48.9+30
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services90.20.3120.30.3-3
Wholesale Trade782.03.0792.13.0-1
Retail Trade1985.26.02095.66.0-11
Accommodation and Food Services2225.84.02175.94.0+5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2426.47.52376.47.5+5
Information Media and Telecommunications150.40.8140.40.8+1
Financial and Insurance Services1032.74.0872.34.0+16
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services50413.211.851413.911.8-10
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2566.712.32346.312.3+22
Administrative and Support Services1905.04.51945.24.5-4
Public Administration and Safety60.20.330.10.3+3
Education and Training441.21.5371.01.5+7
Health Care and Social Assistance1373.66.91403.86.9-3
Arts and Recreation Services411.11.3431.21.3-2
Other Services2276.05.32035.55.3+24
Industry not classified90.
Total business3,811100.0100.03,706100.0100.0+105

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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