This data presents Australia’s small businesses according to their regional or metropolitan area classification, focusing on the state and territory in which they operate.

Key findings

  • The number of small businesses increased in all states and territories over the year to 30 June 2021. The largest increases in percentage terms were in the Australian Capital Territory (5.9%) and New South Wales (4.1%).
  • The top five regions with the highest number of small businesses on 30 June 2021 were all in Greater Capital City areas: Sydney Inner City (NSW), Melbourne City (Vic), Boroondara (Vic), Perth City (WA) and Wyndham (Vic).
  • The regional areas with the highest number of small businesses on 30 June 2021 were Geelong (Vic), Newcastle (NSW), Ormeau – Oxenford (Qld), Toowoomba (Qld) and Townsville (Qld).

Businesses can operate across multiple geographic locations. To prevent double counting, this data attributes them to one geographical location. For this reason, the business counts may not reflect the full extent of business activity in each location.

Please note that for this data the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) defines small businesses as those with less than 20 employees. The data is classified using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

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