Facts and statistics

Small business in Western Australia - at a glance

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Graphic representing percentages of businesses that are small, large, medium and micro

Graphic representing the number of small businesses in Australia (2,182,129) and Western Australia (221,837)
Image showing 75% of small businesses are based in Perth Graph representing WA small business by industry
         Graph representing small businesses as a percentage of all businesses by industry Image showing $40BN was contributed to the economy by smll businesses
Image showing WA small businesses employ 491,993 people  

Notes on statistics

  • Statistics as of 30 June 2017.
  • The SBDC uses the standard Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) definition of small business, which is any non-employing business or a business employing fewer than 20 people. 
  • These statistics are provided by the ABS, except for data marked with a * which has been sourced from the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre report The Engine Room for Growth? The Role, Performance and Future Prospects of Small Business in Western Australia.
  • As with any analysis based on data sets it is subject to a degree of error. Individual numbers or percentages should not be used as absolutes.