Business

Information about Northern Territory (NT) businesses, including total business count, types of businesses and businesses by region.

You can also download the NT business count snapshot.

NT business count

Number as at 30 June 20192016-172017-182018-192019-20
Northern Territory 14,429 14,470 14,769 15,072
Australia 2,238,299 2,313,291 2,375,753 2,422,404

Source: ABS Cat No 8165

NT businesses by ANZSIC division*

Number as at 30 June 20202019-20 % of total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 911 6.0
Mining 93 0.6
Manufacturing 474 3.1
Electricity, gas, water and waste services 52 0.3
Construction 2,83818.8
Wholesale trade 323 2.1
Retail trade 940 6.2
Accommodation and food services 764 5.1
Transport, postal and warehousing 1,3278.8
Information media and telecommunications 104 0.7
Financial and insurance services 928 6.1
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,909 12.6
Professional, scientific and technical services  1,448 9.6
Administrative and support services 7525.0
Public administration and safety 59 0.4
Education and training 188 1.2
Health care and social assistance 855 5.7
Arts and recreation services 205 1.4
Other Services 891 5.9
Not categorised 430.3

* The confidentiality process will round data in such a way that the data presented at these detailed levels will not always be additive.
Source: ABS Cat No 8165

NT businesses by region*

Number as at 30 June 20202019-20 % of total
Darwin City 3,601 24.3
Darwin suburbs 3,797 25.6
Litchfield 1,833 12.4
Palmerston 1,728 11.7
Alice Springs 2,092 14.1
Barkly 198 1.3
Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem 361 2.4
East Arnhem 253 1.7
Katherine 956 6.5
Currently unknown 154 1.2

* The confidentiality process will round data in such a way that the data presented at these detailed levels will not always be additive.
Source: ABS Cat No 8165

NT business size

Number as at 30 June 20202019-20 % of total
Small (<20 employees) 14,390 96.2
   Non-employing 9,09860.8
   1-19 employees 5,292 35.4
Medium (20-199 employees) 5463.6
Large (≥200 employees) 34 0.2
Total 14,970 100.0

* Time series data has been revised as of February 2016
Source: ABS Cat No 8165

Corporate insolvency

Number of businesses
Companies entering external administration
Dec 19Sep 20Dec 20 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 824100.0-50.0
Australia 2,1039461,04710.7-50.2

Source: Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Personnel business related insolvency

NumberSep 19Jun 20Sep 20 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 165636-35.7250.0
Bankruptcies 153515-57.1133.3
Debt agreements 121210.02000.0
Personal insolvency agreements 0 0 0 n/a n/a
Australia 1,1244,3042,988-30.6282.9
Bankruptcies 9391,9901,718-13.7111.9
Debt agreements 1651,9901,247-37.31,106.1
Personal insolvency agreements 204523-48.9125.0

Source: Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)

Business confidence

Business index (net balance*)Dec 19Sep 20Dec 20 Previous qtr change ppt Annual change ppt
DITT survey     
Northern Territory 5242672515
Sensis®  survey** (March 2020)Extremely confidentFairly confidentNeutralFairly worriedExtremely worried
Northern Territory (%)11.428.628.614.317.1
Australia (%)10.427.622.027.312.7

* Net balance is defined as the difference between the percentage who are confident (+) and the percentage who are worried (-).
** The Sensis index is based on a new methodology and do not report on a net balance approach. The sample size for the NT was only ten businesses. 
Source: Sensis® Business index, Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade NT business confidence survey

Consumer sentiment index

IndexFeb 20Jan 21Feb 21 Monthly % change Annual % change
Australia 95.5107.0109.11.914.2

Source: Westpac Melbourne Institute

Exchange rate

Monthly average - units of foreign currency per $AFeb 20Jan 21Feb 21 Monthly % change Annual % change
USA Dollar 0.65 0.76 0.782.620.0
Chinese Renminbi 4.574.945.062.410.7
Japanese Yen 71.0979.9083.104.016.9
Euro 0.590.63 0.641.68.5
Singapore Dollar 0.911.011.043.014.3
Trade-weighted index (May 1970 = 100) 57.0063.0064.502.413.2

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

Last updated: 12 March 2021

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