Now Available: Business Counts by Region
Regional Wage and Salary Earners - Latest Data
Perspectives on Regional Australia: Wealth throughout Australia
NOW AVAILABLE: BUSINESS COUNTS BY REGION
The Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June 2003 to June 2007 (cat. no. 8165.0), presents information on businesses in the Australian economy. This release is based on snapshots of actively trading businesses as at June each year. For the first time, information is also provided at the Statistical Local Area (SLA) level.
This release comprises a publication and data cubes that are in an Excel spreadsheet format. The publication's Summary of Findings contains useful information on Australian businesses including: entries, exits and survival counts and rates, main state business operated in, institutional sector, type of legal organisation, employment size and annual turnover. The Excel spreadsheets offer users access to more detailed cross-classified information and can be viewed by main state, single/multi state.
No individual businesses can be identified as the data presented have been confidentialised.
Some key findings
As at June 2007:
- There were 2.01 million actively trading businesses in Australia: 32% were Companies in Australia, 31% Sole Proprietors, 19% Partnerships and 18% Trusts.
- Of these, 839,938 (42%) were employing businesses and 1,171,832 (58%) were non-employing businesses.
- Most of the employing businesses (755,758) employed less than 20 employees. 527,445 of these had between 1 to 4 employees.
- Less than 1% of businesses (5,876) had 200 or more employees.
- Of the 1.87 million businesses operating in June 2003, 58% were still operating in June 2007.
- 25% (501,467) of businesses had a turnover between $0 and $50k, while 6% (121,557) of businesses had a turnover above $2m per annum.
More key findings are available from the publication. If you are interested in a particular region or characteristic, refer to the data in the Excel spreadsheets
REGIONAL WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS - LATEST DATA
On 4 April 2008, the latest Regional Wage and Salary data were released for the 2004-05 financial year. Comprising a series of tables in Excel spreadsheet format, users are able to access the data easily. Data are available on the various characteristics of wage and salary earners, such as their age, sex, occupation, wage and salary income and total income.
These data have been compiled from the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) Individual Income Tax Returns for Persons aged 15 years and over, who submitted an individual income tax return and for whom wage and salary income was their principal (or main) source of income for the financial year. ATO provided the data in aggregated form, by Statistical Local Area.
Users can access regional data by various geographies including Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) and Statistical Subdivisions in each state and territory of Australia.
Top 10 SLAs by Average Wage and Salary Income, 2004-05
Average W&S Income
Median W&S Income
Average Total Income
Median Total Income
|Statistical Local Areas |
|Ranking ||SLA |
|1 ||Mosman (A) |
|2 ||Hunter's Hill (A) |
|3 ||Woollahra (A) |
|4 ||Ku-ring-gai (A) |
|5 ||North Sydney (A) |
|6 ||Lane Cove (A) |
|7 ||Bayside (C) - Brighton |
|8 ||Willoughby (C) |
|9 ||Peppermint Grove (S) |
|10 ||Leichhardt (A) |
Some key findings from the 2004-05 data include:
- In 2004-05, the SLA of Mosman (in NSW) had the highest average wage and salary income, with an average of $95,887. This was more than double the Australian average wage and salary income, of $40,585.
- After Mosman, the next five highest average wage and salary income SLAs were all located in New South Wales and were: Hunter's Hill ($77,825), Woollahra ($77,141),
Ku-ring-gai ($70,305), North Sydney ($68,920) and Lane Cove ($66,841).
- Of the ten SLAs across Australia with the highest average wage and salary incomes in 2004-05, eight were located in metropolitan New South Wales, one was located in metropolitan Victoria and one was located in metropolitan Western Australia.
Finding the data you want
- In 2004-05, Leichhardt (in NSW), joined the top 10 list, replacing Cottesloe (WA) in tenth position.
If you are interested in a particular region or some of the other characteristics already mentioned, refer to the data that are available in the Excel spreadsheets.
If you would like to compare data with earlier years, Wage and Salary data are available from 1995-96 onwards. Data for the years 1995-96 to 2000-01 are associated with ABS cat. no. 5673.0.55.001 and data for the years 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and now 2004-05 are associated with ABS cat. no. 5673.0.55.003. Refer Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia - Data cubes
(cat. no. 5673.0.55.003) and Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia
(cat. no. 5673.0.55.001).
Perspectives on Regional Australia: Wealth throughout Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 1380.0.55.004) is due for release in August 2008. This is a new publication and fourth in the series of reports analysing a range of topics with a particular focus on regional Australia. This publication will present data on wealth, in the form of assets and liabilities, across urban and rural areas of Australia.