there were 148,300 operating businesses, or 300 fewer than June 2010
the majority of these were small businesses, with 65% of the total being non-employing businesses and 31% employing 1-19 employees
the industries with the highest number of businesses included: Construction (15% of all businesses), Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (14%), Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (11%), Financial and Insurance Services, and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (9% each).
Do you know how many businesses operate in your state or territory?
The ABS counts the number of businesses operating in the Australian economy, including rates of business entries and exits and business survival. These data are sourced from the ABS Business Register. They show the number of operating businesses at the end of June in each financial year and only include businesses which actively traded in goods or services during the reference period.
Where possible, businesses are also classified according to industry class (ANZSIC), main state of operation, type of legal organisation (TOLO), institutional sector (SISCA), size range by employment or turnover. Some complex or multi-locational businesses were not able to be classified to main state of operation or industry due to insufficient information being provided.
Component items in the graphs above may not sum to published totals due to rounding and confidentialisation of the data. Due to changes in scope, these counts are not directly comparable to previous releases. More detailed data are available from the ABS website.
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