This data presents small businesses in Australia according to their regional or metropolitan area classification, focusing on numbers, location and size. 

Key findings 

  • Of the 2.5 million small businesses in Australia, 69% (1.7 million) were in a greater capital city area and 30% in a regional area. This is consistent with the distribution of the Australian population, with 67% of all Australians living in the greater capital city areas. 
  • Queensland and Tasmania had the highest proportion of small businesses located in regional areas. 
  • The number of small businesses increased in all states and territories in the year to 30 June 2022. This increase was spread across capital city and regional areas.  
  • Nationally, the number of small businesses increased by 7% in 2021-22. A rise in business entries from 16% to 20% was the main driver. Small business entry rates increased in all states and territories from 2021-22.  

Data notes:

This data excludes businesses not registered for GST. The Australian Bureau of Statistics adjust cells to avoid the release of confidential information, so cells may not add up to totals. Exercise care when analysing small numbers. For further information see Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses, Including Entries and Exits methodology.
Regional areas are locations outside the Greater Capital City Area. Further information on the ASGS is available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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