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 20192015-162016-172017-182018-19
Northern Territory 14,303 14,442 14,479 14,776
Australia 2,171,544 2,238,299 2,313,291 2,375,753

Source: ABS Cat No 8165

NT businesses by ANZSIC division*

Number as at 30 June 20192018-19 % of total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 879 6.1
Mining 71 0.5
Manufacturing 464 3.2
Electricity, gas, water and waste services 43 0.3
Construction 2,87019.8
Wholesale trade 313 2.2
Retail trade 890 6.1
Accommodation and food services 735 5.1
Transport, postal and warehousing 1,1618.0
Information media and telecommunications 108 0.7
Financial and insurance services 887 6.1
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,893 13.0
Professional, scientific and technical services  1,386 9.5
Administrative and support services 669 4.6
Public administration and safety 68 0.5
Education and training 169 1.2
Health care and social assistance 805 5.5
Arts and recreation services 193 1.3
Other Services 862 5.9
Not categorised 500.3

* 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 20192018-19 % of total
Darwin City 3,617 24.7
Darwin suburbs 3,740 25.2
Litchfield 1,849 12.5
Palmerston 1,578 10.6
Alice Springs 2,090 14.1
Barkly 213 1.4
Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem 375 2.5
East Arnhem 225 1.5
Katherine 939 6.3
Currently unknown 168 1.1

* 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 20192018-19 % of total
Small (<20 employees) 14,153 95.3
   Non-employing 8,820 59.4
   1-19 employees 5,333 35.9
Medium (20-199 employees) 639 4.3
Large (≥200 employees) 24 0.2
Total 14,848 100.0

* Time series data has been revised as of February 2016
Source: ABS Cat No 8165

Corporate insolvency

Number of businesses
Companies entering external administration
Jun 19Mar 20Jun 20 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 7101220.071.4
Australia 2,0951,7471,203-31.1-42.6

Source: Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Personnel business related insolvency

NumberJun 19Mar 20Jun 20 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 16505612.0250.0
Bankruptcies 13243545.8169.2
Debt agreements 32621n/a600.0
Personal insolvency agreements 0 0 0 n/a n/a
Australia 1,2045,3194,304-19.1257.5
Bankruptcies 1,0223,1681,990-37.294.7
Debt agreements 1662,1131,990-5.81,098.8
Personal insolvency agreements 16384518.4181.3

Source: Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)

Business confidence

Business index (net balance*)Mar 19Dec 19Mar 20 Previous qtr change ppt Annual change ppt
DTBI survey     
Northern Territory 465233-19.0-13.0
Sensis®  survey** (March 2020)Extremely confidentFairly confidentNeutralFairly worriedExtremely worried
Northern Territory (%)11.428.628.614.317.1
Australia (%)10.427.622.027.312.7

* Net balance is defined as the difference between the percentage who are confident (+) and the percentage who are worried (-).
** The Sensis index is based on a new methodology and do not report on a net balance approach. The sample size for the NT was only ten businesses. 
Source: Sensis® Business index, DTBI NT business confidence survey

Consumer sentiment index

IndexAug 19Jul 20Aug 20 Monthly % change Annual % change
Australia 100.087.979.5-9.6-20.5

Source: Westpac Melbourne Institute

Exchange rate

Monthly average - units of foreign currency per $AAug 19Jul 20Aug 20 Monthly % change Annual % change
USA Dollar 0.67 0.72 0.731.47.5
Chinese Renminbi 4.805.045.03-0.25.0
Japanese Yen 71.475.277.63.25.3
Euro 0.600.60 0.611.70.0
Singapore Dollar 0.930.98 0.991.05.4
Trade-weighted index (May 1970 = 100) 58.961.962.61.15.1

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

Last updated: 14 September 2020

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