Monthly Business Turnover Indicator

Latest release

Experimental indicator of business turnover derived from monthly Business Activity Statements

Reference period
November 2022
Released
20/01/2023
  • Next Release 10/02/2023
    Monthly Business Turnover Indicator, December 2022
  • Next Release 14/03/2023
    Monthly Business Turnover Indicator, January 2023
  • Next Release 12/04/2023
    Monthly Business Turnover Indicator, February 2023
  • View all releases

Key statistics

In seasonally adjusted terms, the November 2022 monthly business turnover indicator showed:

  • Falls in eight of the 13 published industries 
  • The largest rise was in Other services (9.1%)
  • The largest fall was in Arts and recreation services (-6.6%)
  • Through the year, rises were seen in all 13 published industries
  • This experimental indicator is derived from Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Business Activity Statements (BAS) turnover data from monthly BAS remitters. It includes 13 of the 19 industry divisions classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006.
  • Monthly BAS reporting covers businesses with GST annual turnover of $20 million or more and a proportion of smaller businesses that report monthly on a voluntary basis.
  • The estimated monthly changes in business turnover are aligned as closely as is feasible to the Australian System of National Accounts concept of market output. Users should exercise caution in comparing the indicator to other ABS economic outputs due to differences in concepts, scope, coverage, and methods.

Industry

Total turnover differs between industries. This should be considered when analysing month-to-month movements in the context of overall economic activity. The chart below shows the monthly movements in the turnover indicator for November 2022 (represented by colour) and the selected industries' estimated share of total turnover for the 2021-22 financial year (represented by circle size). 

Chart showing the monthly movements in the turnover indicator for November 2022 (represented by colour) and the selected industries' estimated share of total turnover for the 2021-22 financial year (represented by circle size).

The chart has 13 circles, one for each industry division included in the Monthly Business Turnover Indicator. The size of each circle represents the share of total business turnover for the 2021-22 financial year for that industry. Circles are also given a colour shading to represent the monthly change in the Monthly Business Turnover Indicator for the current reference month. Industries with negative movements are coloured orange, those with little or no movement are grey, and positive movements are blue.

The largest circles are for Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale trade, and Retail trade.

 'Other services' is coloured blue, showing a positive movement in business turnover. Arts and recreation services is orange, showing a negative movement in business turnover.

Business turnover differs from the National Accounts concept of output. For example, the value of goods sold by wholesalers and subsequently retailers are reflected in turnover for both industries while National Accounts output measures the margins gained by each industry.

Industry analysis and charts

In November 2022, eight of the 13 industry divisions included in the indicator showed decreases to turnover in seasonally adjusted terms. The largest rises in monthly turnover were seen in:

  • Other services (9.1%)
  • Retail Trade (2.9%)
  • Transport, postal and warehousing and Mining (1.2%)

Of the eight industries that showed falls in November 2022, the largest were in:

  • Arts and recreation services (-6.6%)
  • Electricity, gas, water and waste services (-4.4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (-2.8%)

All industry divisions recorded year-on-year increases in business turnover in November 2022, compared with November 2021 where COVID-19 Delta travel restrictions began to ease. The largest rises were recorded in:

  • Mining (37.4%)
  • Transport, Postal and warehousing (28.3%)
  • Electricity, gas, water and waste services (24.0%)

Mining

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Manufacturing

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Electricity, gas, water and waste services

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Construction

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Wholesale trade

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Retail trade

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Accommodation and food services

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Transport, postal and warehousing

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Information media and telecommunications

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Professional, scientific and technical services

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Administrative and support services

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Arts and recreation services

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Other services

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Data downloads

Time series spreadsheets

Data files

Data Explorer datasets

Caution: Data in Data Explorer is currently released after the 11:30am release on the ABS website. Please check the reference period when using Data Explorer.

For more information about Data Explorer, see the Data Explorer user guide.

Business Turnover Indicator - Monthly percentage changes and indexes, January 2010 onwards

Trend Graphs for Selected Industries

Trend Graphs for Selected Industries

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Index base period: July 2019 = 100.0.

Back to top of the page