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Businesses by industry

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry had the largest number of total registered businesses in Greater Sydney, comprising 15.7% of all total registered businesses, compared to 13.5% in New South Wales.

Registered business by industry shows how many businesses there are Greater 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 Greater 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
Greater Sydney - total registered businesses20202019change
IndustryNumber%. % New South WalesNumber%. % New South Wales2019 to 2020
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4,6100.86.24,6850.96.2-75
Mining7360.10.27380.10.2-2
Manufacturing17,3633.23.317,3383.23.3+25
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,4980.30.31,4100.30.3+88
Construction84,74715.416.083,83415.516.0+913
Wholesale Trade21,7373.93.521,6574.03.5+80
Retail Trade30,2275.55.629,8355.55.6+392
Accommodation and Food Services20,4853.73.920,2583.83.9+227
Transport, Postal and Warehousing52,5009.58.251,1429.58.2+1,358
Information Media and Telecommunications7,6501.41.17,7501.41.1-100
Financial and Insurance Services55,88210.19.254,25610.19.2+1,626
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services66,05912.010.964,41611.910.9+1,643
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services86,40515.713.584,32215.613.5+2,083
Administrative and Support Services25,6344.74.224,9154.64.2+719
Public Administration and Safety2,1830.40.42,2350.40.4-52
Education and Training9,0691.61.58,7041.61.5+365
Health Care and Social Assistance34,8396.36.233,2996.26.2+1,540
Arts and Recreation Services7,5751.41.37,3191.41.3+256
Other Services20,9573.84.120,3703.84.1+587
Industry not classified9840.20.21,1090.20.2-125
Total business551,140100.0100.0539,592100.0100.0+11,548

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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