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Trading Status of Australian Businesses
Government intervention to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic has substantially changed the business operating environment in Australia.
Businesses reported whether they were actively trading; for those not trading they indicated whether this was due to COVID-19.
Overall, 90% of Australian businesses reported that they were operating in the week commencing 30 March. By employment size, the proportion of businesses trading were:
The area of each segment in the diagram below shows the share of each industry division in the Australian business population. The figures within the segments represent the proportion of businesses operating in each industry division in the week commencing 30 March.
Share of each Industry in the Australian Business Population(a) and the Proportion of businesses that are currently operating(b)
(b) Proportion of businesses operating was collected via the COVID-19 Survey.
By industry, less than half of businesses in Arts & recreation services were operating. Businesses in this industry account for 1% of the total business population.
By contrast, 96% of businesses in Professional, scientific and technical services were operating; businesses in this industry accounting for 12% of the total business population.
Pause in Trading due to COVID-19
Of the 10% of businesses which reported that they were not trading, 70% reported that this was due to COVID-19.
Selected Reasons for having paused trading as a result of COVID-19(a)(b), by employment size
Overall, of those businesses which paused trading due to COVID-19, 84% reported that the pause was due to the introduction of government measures. This was the most common reason reported for all business sizes.
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