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COUNTS OF BUSINESSES

The ABS uses an economic statistics units model on the Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register (ABSBR) to describe the characteristics of businesses and the structural relationships between related businesses.


Within large and diverse business groups, the units model is also used to define reporting units that can provide data to the ABS at suitable levels of detail. The units model can be used to produce counts of businesses from the ABSBR.

11.1 Counts of businesses by industry, ACT - June 2006

Employment size range
1 - 19
20-199
200+
Total
employing
Non
employing
Total
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing
129
6
-
135
513
648
Mining
5
-
-
5
17
22
Manufacturing
340
46
5
391
470
861
Electricity, gas and water supply
-
-
-
-
16
16
Construction
1 250
71
-
1 321
3 198
4 519
Wholesale trade
260
45
-
305
289
594
Retail trade
1 267
269
9
1 545
1 008
2 553
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
413
197
9
619
186
805
Transport and storage
204
16
3
223
959
1 182
Communication services
83
13
-
96
172
268
Finance and insurance
409
22
4
435
998
1 433
Property and business services
2 898
243
15
3 156
4 554
7 710
Education
106
18
-
124
213
337
Health and community services
729
87
6
822
680
1 502
Cultural and recreational services
211
46
3
260
458
718
Personal and other services
343
30
-
373
453
826
All industries
8 643
1 104
57
9 804
14 187
23 994

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2003 to Jun 2006 (cat. no. 8165.0), Data cubes.


Following feedback from users of the 2005 release of business counts, the numbers of active businesses have been published rather than all entities carrying out economic activity. At June 2005 there were 23,994 ACT businesses on the ABSBR. Of those businesses, 9,804 (41%) were employing, with 14,187 (59%) non-employing. Nationally, there were 1,963,907 businesses on the ABSBR, of which 40% were employing businesses and 60% were non-employing businesses.


Of ACT employing businesses, the Property and business services industry had the greatest number of employing businesses with 3,156 (32%), followed by Retail trade with 1,545 (16%) and Construction with 1,321 (13%). For non-employing businesses, the greatest number of businesses were also in Property and business services (4,554 or 32%), followed by Construction (3,198 or 23%) and Retail trade (1,008 or 7%).


The majority of employing businesses in the ACT (88% or 8,643 businesses) had less than twenty employees. Around one in ten (11% or 1,104 businesses) had between 20 and 199 employees, while less than 1% (57 businesses) had 200 employees or more.


In the year to June 2006, NSW and ACT had the lowest net growth in number of businesses of any state or territory (each 0.4%). The ACT had the second lowest survival rate for businesses operating, from June 2003 to June 2006, of any state or territory (62.0%), with the Northern Territory recording the lowest survival rate (60.4%).


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