Business overview

There were 935 agriculture, forestry and fishing businesses counted for the period June 2015 to June 2019. The sole trader or owner‑operator was the most common form of business structure (68.4 per cent). There are no large firms (200 plus employees) in the sector (Table 2).

The majority of agricultural and fisheries businesses are pastoral businesses (33.6 per cent) and 68.4 per cent of all agricultural and fisheries businesses are non‑employing.

Table 2: Counts of Territory businesses by industry and employment, 2015‑19

DescriptionNon‑employing1‑1920‑199200+Total By business
Pastoral industries 205 95 14 0 314 33.6%
Plant industries 210 61 12 0 283 30.3%
Other agriculture and fishing support services 85 51 14 0 150 16.0%
Fisheries 69 12 0 0 81 8.7%
Forestry 24 7 3 0 34 3.6%
Other animals 39 17 3 0 59 6.3%
Aquaculture 3 3 0 0 6 0.6%
Hunting and trapping 5 3 0 0 8 0.9%
Total 640 249 46 0 935 100.0%
% by employment 68.4% 26.6% 4.9% 0.0% 100.0%  

Source: ABS, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Cat No. 8165.0, June 2015 to June 2019

Last updated: 01 December 2020

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