Small business statistics
Key statistics - Australian small business
Australian Small Business - Key Statistics and Analysis
The Australian Small Business - Key Statistics and Analysis publication provides an updated overview of Australia’s small business sector, with emphasis on business characteristics and performance. It also includes research conducted by the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research which provides a unique insight into the factors that initiate, hinder and facilitate the process of new business creation in Australia.
Size of the small business sector in WA
According to the latest ABS Counts of Australian Businesses, as at June 2014:
- There were 218,798 businesses in WA, with 211,658 of these considered small (0-19 employees).
- Small businesses make up 96.73% of all WA businesses.
- Based on total number of small businesses, the top five industries are:
– Construction (40,080 small businesses)
– Professional, scientific and technical services (25,708 small businesses)
– Rental, hiring and real estate services (23,181 small businesses)
– Financial and insurance services (18,591)
– Agriculture, forestry and fishing (17,818 small businesses)
Australian Bureau of Statistics publications
Statistical information on small businesses and the West Australian economy can be found in a range of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data sources. These include:
- 8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits
This product presents business counts, including rates of business entries to and exits from the Australian economy, and rates of business survival.
These data sets are sourced from the ABS Business Register. Detailed counts are presented by industry, main state and territory, type of legal organisation, institutional sector, employment size ranges and annual turnover size ranges.
- 6359 – Forms of Employment, Australia
This publication presents information about the nature of employment arrangements in the Australian workforce. The different types of employment can be cross-classified by characteristics such as hours worked, industry, occupation and demographics.
- 1306.5 - Western Australia at a Glance
This publication contains a wide range of statistics on Western Australia, including data on population, employment and wages, price indexes, mineral production, manufacturing, building, foreign trade and tourism.
- 8167.0 – Selected Characteristics of Australian Businesses
This publication contains data for a selection of topics including nature of business ownership, collaborative arrangements, franchising agreements, performance measures, government financial assistance, finance sought, level of innovation, business use of information technology, skills, markets and competition.
- 8158.0 – Innovation in Australian Businesses
This release presents information about the incidence of innovation in Australian business and related practices or influences, as collected by the Business Characteristics Survey (BCS).
- Census - 2011 - Community Profiles
Community Profiles are excellent tools for researching, planning and analysing geographic areas for a number of social, economic and demographic variables.
Links to leading small business surveys, (for West Australian businesses) are also in this section but not on this page.
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This content has been prepared by the Small Business Development Corporation to provide general small business statistical information. The information here is derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate at the time of publishing. It is provided solely on the basis that readers will be responsible for making their own assessment and for verifying all relevant representations, statements and information.
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