Facts and statistics

Small business in Western Australia - at a glance (as at 30 June 2019)

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Infographic showing that 97% of businesses in Western Australia are classes as small business, that there are 2,314,647 small businesses in Australia, 226,441 small businesses in Western Australia and that there is 149,988 non-employing businesses in Western Australia..
Infographic showing 78% of small businesses in Western Australia are based in the Perth metro area and a pie chart showing the break down of small businesses in WA by industry.
Infographic showing that small businesses contribute $50.1bn to the Western Australian economy.

Notes on statistics

  • Statistics as of 30 June 2019.
  • In relation to the statistics, 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. However, for legal purposes, the definition of a small business is as stated in the Small Business Development Corporation Act 1983.
  • 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