8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June 2015 to June 2019 Quality Declaration 
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Conceptual and practical basis for counts

The following table illustrates how the number of actively trading businesses presented in this ABS statistical release differs from the total number of entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN). For businesses that are within scope of this ABS statistical release, the table also details the number of profiled businesses relative to the number of non-profiled businesses.

Derivation of CABEE frame from the Australian Business Register (ABR) (a)
June 2019
No. of Units
Total non-cancelled ABNs on the ABR (b)
7,914,592
- ABNs not actively trading in goods and services in Australia (no active GST role or is a GST long term non-remitter (LTNR))
5,454,838
= Active ABNs on the ABS Business Register (ABSBR) trading in goods and services
2,459,754
- ABNs which are out of scope of CABEE
    ABNs linked to complex business structures (profiled population) (c)
    ABNs not operating in the market sector, i.e. with an out of scope industry (ANZSIC), institutional sector (SISCA) or type of legal organisation (TOLO)
89,230
= Total ABNs (non-profiled population) in scope of CABEE
2,370,524
+ Profiled population (Type of Activity Units) in scope of CABEE
5,229
= Total count of businesses in scope of CABEE
2,375,753
Reconciliation of CABEE frame from previous year
2018-19
No. of units
Count of businesses operating at the start of the financial year (June 2018)
2,313,291
+ Business entries
    Includes new business registrations, reactivations of cancelled businesses, and businesses that have recommenced remitting GST. May also include a small number of units moving out of the profiled population.
355,722
- Business exits
    Includes businesses that have ceased and cancelled their ABN, businesses that have ceased remitting GST for an extended period of time, and businesses that have been involved in mergers and acquisitions where the ABN has changed. May also include a small number of units moving into the profiled population.
293,260
= Count of businesses operating at the end of the financial year (June 2019)
2,375,753

(a) Please refer to the Scope and Coverage sections in the Explanatory Notes for more detailed information.

(b) The ABSBR is updated monthly and data is extracted as close to 30 June as possible. Minor differences in the timing of the CABEE frame contribute to the difference between end of year business counts presented in this release and those published by the ABR.

(c) Businesses on the ABSBR are captured using an economic units model that has two populations; the profiled population and the non-profiled population. The main distinction between businesses in the two populations relates to the complexity of the business structure. Businesses in the non-profiled population are represented by the ABN as they have simple structures. Businesses in the profiled population have large or complex structures and are represented by a statistical unit known as the Type of Activity Unit (TAU). Refer to the Scope section of the Explanatory Notes for more detailed information.