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 20212017-182018-192019-202020-21
Northern Territory 13,930 14,243 14,540 14,947
Australia 2,208,447 2,268,998 2,314,448 2,402,254

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
Jul 20Jun 21Jul 21Previous qtr % changeAnnual % change
Northern Territory143-25.0200.0
Australia373449423-5.813.4

Source: Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Personal business related insolvency

NumberJun 20Mar 21Jun 21Previous monthly % changeAnnual % change
Northern Territory     
   Debtor's petition102350.0-70.0
   Sequestration order100n.a.-100.0
   Bankruptcies112350.0-72.7
   Debt agreements and personal insolvency agreements012n.a.n.a.
Australia     
   Debtor's petition77151758012.2-24.8
   Sequestration order921134209.1-63.0
   Bankruptcies86352861416.3-28.9
   Debt agreements and personal insolvency agreements167647720.3-53.9

Source: Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)

Business confidence

Business index (net balance*)Jun 20Mar 21Jun 21Previous qtr ppt changeAnnual ppt change
DTBI survey     
Northern Territory28628422.056.0

* Net balance is defined as the difference between the percentage who are confident (+) and the percentage who are worried (-).
Source: Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade NT business confidence survey

Consumer sentiment index

IndexAug 20Jul 21Aug 21Monthly % changeAnnual % change
Australia79.5108.8104.1-4.330.9

Source: Westpac Melbourne Institute

Exchange rate

Monthly average - units of foreign currency per $AJul 20Jul 21Aug 21Monthly % changeAnnual % change
USA dollar0.740.740.73-1.4-0.7
Chinese renminbi5.044.774.74-0.6-6.0
Japanese yen77.6680.8680.55-0.43.7
Euro0.620.620.62-0.20.3
Singapore dollar1.001.000.99-1.5-1.5
Trade-weighted index (May 1970 = 100)62.6061.6061.20-0.6-2.2

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia


Last updated: 07 September 2021

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