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Growth

Business growth provides information about changes in small to medium sized businesses operating across the City of Onkaparinga. Innovative business collaborations and a diverse business economy build knowledge innovation, while high value added industries generate a positive investment environment and new business and local employment opportunities.
 

Indicator: Number of businesses in the city
Businesses by employment size
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Data source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses
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Strategies / Plans: Economic Growth and Investment Strategy (under development)
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Community Plan 2035: Objective 3.3 Dynamic, resilient businesses
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Total number of businesses in the city

Data for the total number of businesses, and business by industry type, in the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia and Australia was sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Count of Businesses (23), with the most recent available data for the financial year 2014-15.

Data analysis

A total of 8839 businesses were located in the City of Onkaparinga in 2014-15, accounting for 6.2 per cent of all businesses within South Australia (Figure 1). 

Figure 1: Total number of businesses in the City of Onkaparinga, and as a proportion of all businesses within South Australia, 2008-09 to 2014-15

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (23)

For comparison purposes, Figure 2 represents the percentage change in number of businesses in the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia and Australia. This percentage change is the difference in the number of businesses from baseline (2008-09) for each financial year between 2009-10 and 2014-15.

 

Figure 2: Percentage change of the number of businesses from baseline (2008-09), City of Onkaparinga, South Australia and Australia, 2009-10 to 2014-15

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (23)

 

In 2014-15 the largest business industry type was construction, which accounted for more than one quarter of all businesses within the City of Onkaparinga (Table 1). The next largest industries within the City of Onkaparinga were ‘Professional, Scientific and Technical Services’, ‘Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services’, ‘Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing’ and ‘Retail Trade’ (Table 1).

Four of the top five industries in the City of Onkaparinga were also in the top five of both the state and national industry structure (Table 1). Construction was also the largest industry type for South Australia and Australia, however, it only accounts for 14.6 per cent and 16.3 per cent, respectively. While ‘Retail Trade’ rounds out the top five industries for the City of Onkaparinga, this was not in the top five industry types for South Australia or Australia, ‘Financial and Insurance Services’ makes up the top five for both South Australia and Australia (Table 1).

 

Table 1: Proportion of businesses by industry, City of Onkaparinga, 2008-09 to 2014-15 and South Australia and Australia, 2014-15

Business industry (%) City of Onkaparinga South Australia Australia
2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2014-15

2014-15

Construction 25.5 25.9 26.0 25.7 25.7 26.0 25.7 14.6 16.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 9.1 9.2 9.7 9.3 9.8 9.6 9.4 9.3 12.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 6.6 7.1 6.8 6.7 7.3 7.4 7.5 11.3 11.0
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 7.8 7.9 7.6 7.5 7.3 7.0 6.8 12.6 8.5
Retail Trade 7.6 7.3 7.1 6.9 7.1 6.8 6.7 6.2 6.2
Manufacturing 6.7 6.4 6.5 6.8 6.5 6.6 6.7 4.4 3.9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 7.4 6.6 6.5 6.0 5.9 5.7 5.8 5.7 6.0
Other Services 5.5 5.6 5.4 5.3 5.3 5.5 5.6 4.2 4.2
Financial and Insurance Services 4.3 4.4 4.0 4.4 4.9 4.9 5.3 10.4 8.7
Health Care and Social Assistance 3.8 3.8 4.0 4.0 4.5 4.7 4.9 5.7 5.6
Administrative and Support Services 4.6 4.3 4.1 4.4 4.0 4.0 4.1 3.4 3.8
Wholesale Trade 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.8 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.6
Accommodation and Food Services 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.7 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.9 4.1
Education and Training 1.1 0.7 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.3 1.2 1.0 1.3
Not classified/Unknown 1.3 1.9 2.0 2.7 1.6 1.3 1.2 1.4 1.6
Arts and Recreation Services 1.2 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.0 1.1 1.1 0.9 1.2
Information Media and Telecommunications 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.9
Public Administration and Safety 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.3 3.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3
Mining 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.4

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (23)

 

Trend Analysis

CWM growth total number of businesses trend analysis

For the City of Onkaparinga, there has been a decrease of 6.9 per cent in the number of businesses in 2014-15 when compared with 2008-09 (Figure 1). This decreasing trend for the number of businesses was also similar for South Australia, where there was a 0.6 per cent decrease in the number of businesses between 2008-09 and 2014-15. During this period the trend for the number of businesses in Australia has been different to that observed for both the City of Onkaparinga and for South Australia, whereby between 2008-09 and 2014-15 there was actually an increase in the number of businesses by 3.5 per cent (Figure 2).

While the total number of businesses in the City of Onkaparinga accounted for 6.2 per cent of all businesses within South Australia in 2014-15, this has decreased by 0.4 per cent when compared with 2008-09 (Figure 1).

 

In the City of Onkaparinga, there has been a number of changes in the structure of industry type between 2008-09 and 2014-15, the largest industry growth has been seen in ‘Public Administration and Safety’ (36.7 per cent), ‘Health Care and Social Assistance’ (22.8 per cent), ‘Financial and Insurance Services’ (14.4 per cent), ‘Information Media and Telecommunications’ (10.3 per cent) and ‘Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services’ (10.0 per cent).

The five industries that had the largest decline between 2008-09 and 2014-15 include ‘Mining’ (decrease of 29.6 per cent), ‘Transport, Postal and Warehousing’ (decrease of 27.2 per cent), ‘Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery’ (decrease of 18.9 per cent), ‘Retail Trade’ (decrease of 17.6 per cent) and ‘Administrative and Support Services’ (decrease of 17.3 per cent). 

Policy Implications

Over the last seven years there has been a small decline in the number of businesses in the City of Onkaparinga, which was similar to that observed for South Australia, but not Australia. This trend will be addressed by the City of Onkaparinga through the draft Economic Growth and Investment Strategy which aims to enable businesses to thrive and prosper, particularly through becoming a business-friendly council and facilitating national markets, major projects, international export and trade opportunities for local businesses. We also help to support business growth through implementing the outcomes of our Employment Lands Study and resulting Development Plan Amendment. The future implantation of this Strategy will continue to achieve the Community Plan Objective 3.3 Dynamic, Resilient Businesses.

Business by employment size

The number of staff employed by a business is an indication of the size of the business. Data for businesses by employment size for the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia and Australia was sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Count of Businesses (23), with the most recent available data for the financial year 2014-15.

Data Analysis

In 2014-15 the majority of businesses within the City of Onkaparinga were small businesses that were either non-employing or had four employees or fewer (89.9 per cent) (Figure 3). In 2014-15 there were only 8.5 per cent of businesses that employed between five and 19 employees, 1.4 per cent of businesses employed 20-199 employees and only 0.1 per cent of businesses with 200 or more employees (data not shown).

Similar to that observed in the City of Onkaparinga, in 2014-15 the majority of businesses within South Australia (88.1 per cent) and Australia (88.1 per cent) were small businesses that were either non-employing or had four employees or fewer (data not shown).

Figure 3: Proportion of business by employment size, City of Onkaparinga, 2008-09 to 2014-15
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (23)
 

 

Trend Analysis

CWM growth business by employment size trend analysis

In the City of Onkaparinga between the years of 2008-09 and 2014-15 the employment structure of businesses has remained very consistent (Figure 3). Between 2008-09 and 2014-15, there was an increase of 2.5 per cent in the proportion of small businesses (combining businesses that were non-employing and those that employed between one to four employees). Since 2008-09 there has been a decrease of 1.0 per cent in the proportion of businesses employing five to 19 employees, a 1.5 per cent decrease in the proportion of businesses employing 20-199 employees and no change in the proportion of businesses employing 200 or more employees.

 

Policy Implications

In 2014-15 there was a small increase in the proportion of small businesses and a slight decrease in the proportion of larger businesses within the City of Onkaparinga which was a trend similar to that observed for South Australia and Australia. Similar to that described earlier, the City of Onkaparinga, through the draft Economic Growth and Investment Strategy, aims to enable businesses to thrive and prosper, particularly through becoming a business-friendly council and facilitating national markets, major projects, international export and trade opportunities for local businesses. The implementation of this strategy will continue to achieve the Community Plan Objective 3.3 Dynamic, Resilient Businesses.

 

This indicator is linked to other strategies, plans and targets outlined below:

Government of South Australia South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets: 35. Economic Growth: Exceed the national economic growth rate over the period to 2020.  
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Other State Strategies • The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide
WorkReady Policy
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National Strategies: • National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development
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