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To provide an overview of the main structural, activity, size and concentration characteristics of all Australian businesses, including those in culture and leisure industries.


The Australian Business Register (ABR) is maintained by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and holds information about all business entities in Australia which have registered to obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN). The Australian Business Register Snapshot is an extract of information from the ABR at a single point in time. The ATO provides this information to the ABS under Section 30 of The New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 which enables the provision to the ABS of certain data for statistical purposes.






Number of businesses

The total number of businesses in Australia registered with the Australian Business Register for an active ABN.

GST registration status

Indicates whether a business has an active GST registration.

Employment status

Indicates whether a business has employees.

Estimated annual turnover

Records the range into which the estimated annual turnover of a business falls. The turnover ranges are:
$0 to less than $50,000
$50,000 to less than $100,000
$100,000 to less than $500,000
$500,0000 to less than $20,000,000
$20,000,000 and more
Not stated

Multi-state status

Indicates whether a business had locations in more than one State or Territory at the time that it completed its ABN registration application.

State of location status

Indicates, for each State and Territory, whether a business had a location there at the time if applied for an ABN.


The main activity undertaken by the business, to the 4-digit (class) level of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). See Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 1993 Edition (Cat. no. 1292.0). See ANZSIC codes related to culture and leisure for details of ANZSIC classes relevant to the fields of culture and leisure.

Geographic area

Data are available for Australia and States and Territories. Sub-State level data (postcodes and groups of postcodes) are also available, but only for businesses which operate from a single location.


The first snapshot of business entities from the ABR related to 30 October 2000; the second to 30 June 2001.



Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001, Occasional Paper: Australian Business Register - A Snapshot, 2000, Cat. no. 1369.0, ABS (pdf file only), Canberra. Free of charge.


More information about the following products may be found at Australian Business Register.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2002, Australian Business Register: Counts of Australian Business Numbers (ABNs) Jun 2001, Cat. no. 1369.0.55.001, data cube, free of charge.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2002, Australian Business Register Counts of Single Business Locations, ANZSIC Industry Division by Postcode, June 2001 Cat. no. 8136.0.55.001, electronic delivery, price on application.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2002, Australian Business Register, ANZSIC Industry Class by State, Cat. no. 8138.0.55.001, electronic delivery, price on application.


In the first instance, refer to To obtain data or further information in the Introduction to this directory.

Assistant Director
Data & Technology Management
Business Register Unit
Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 2796Y

Telephone: Melbourne 03 9615 7300
Facsimile: Melbourne 03 9615 7705

Email: client.services@abs.gov.au

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