Small Business Statistics

Links to leading small business surveys, (for West Australian businesses) are also in this section but not on this page.

Both state and federal budgets for the 2012-13 financial year have placed emphasis on easing the cost of living for Australian families and there are also some potential benefits for small businesses. For our assessment, refer to Making Cents of the Budgets 2012/2013.

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Key Statistics - Australian Small Business

The Key Statistics Australian Small Business publication provides a comprehensive overview of Australia's small businesses with emphasis on the number of businesses, business characteristics and performance.

PDF and RTF versions can be downloaded from the Key Facts and Statistics page on the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education website.

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Size of the small business sector in WA

There are 211,203 small businesses in WA (95.2% of all businesses in WA). The proportion of Western Australian businesses in each size category is illustrated below.

Size of small business sector

 

Note: Medium sized businesses are defined as those with 20-199 staff members and large businesses are defined as those with >200 staff members

 

 

The industries that have the largest number of small businesses (in descending order) are:

  • Construction
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Financial and Insurance Services

(ABS Cat. No. 8165.0 – Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June 2008 to June 2012)

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Small business start ups

During the 2009/10 period, there were 29,356 new business names registered in Western Australia through the Department of Commerce. This figure is significantly higher than the previous two years, where business name registrations remained steady at 25,410. This appears to indicate that confidence has increased following the global economic downturn.

However, it is important to note that business registrations are valid for three years. As such, the impact of the current economic situation on the viability of these new businesses will become more apparent over the next few years, as they renew or cancel their existing business names.

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Industry breakdown of small business

Industry type

Total small businesses in WA

Total businesses in WA

Small businesses as percentage of total

Construction

39,600

40,784

97.10%

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

24,671

25,524

96.70%

Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services

21,869

22,345

97.90%

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

18,543

19,023

97.5%

Financial and Insurance Services

17,498

17,747

98.60%

Transport, Postal and Warehousing

13,341

13,702

97.40%

Retail trade

12,480

13,862

90.30%

Other services

9,227

9,601

96.10%

Health Care and Social Assistance

9,004

9,469

95.10%

Manufacturing

8385

9444

88.8%

Administrative and Support Services

7,324

7,983

91.70%

Unknown

7,295

7,377

98.90%

Wholesale trade

6,473

7,032

92.10%

Accommodation and food services

5,887

7,552

78.00%

Mining

2,843

3,138

90.6%

Arts and Recreation Services

2,193

2,313

94.80%

Education and Training

2,065

2,277

90.70%

Information Media and Telecommunications

1,349

1,427

94.50%

Public Administration and Safety

586

667

87.90%

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

570

632

90.2%

TOTAL

211,203

221,899

95.20%

 

*(ABS Cat. No. 8165.0 – Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June 2008 to June 2012)

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Small business exports

In June 2011-12, there were 18,297 small business exporters, an increase from 17,774 in the previous year.

Small businesses made up 42.5% of all goods exported.

Based on the total value of exports, the top five destination export countries for Australia are:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • India
  • United States of America

ABS Cat. No. 5368.0.55.006 - Characteristics of Australian Exporters, 2011-12

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Website use

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Small business customers

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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, June 2008 to June 2012
    This product presents business counts, including rates of business entries to and exits from the Australian economy, and rates of business survival.

    These data 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, November 2011
    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, 2012
    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, 2010-11
    This publication contains data for a selection of topics for the period June 2008 to June 2009 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.
  • 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.

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Disclaimer

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.

Neither the Small Business Development Corporation nor its officers take any responsibility for statements or representations, nor will the Small Business Development Corporation or any of its officers be liable in respect of any such statement or representation, whether by reason of negligence, lack of care, or for any other reason whatever.

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