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 each year2014-152015-162016-172017-18
Northern Territory 14,233 14,301 14,442 14,479
Australia 2,121,235 2,171,544 2,238,299 2,313,291

Source: ABS Cat No 8165

NT businesses by ANZSIC division*

Number as at 30 June each year Jun 18 % of total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 914 6.3%
Mining 79 0.5%
Manufacturing 461 3.2%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services 52 0.4%
Construction 2,901 20.1%
Wholesale trade 312 2.2%
Retail trade 876 6.1%
Accommodation and food services 776 5.4%
Transport, postal and warehousing 986 6.8%
Information media and telecommunications 80 0.6%
Financial and insurance services 924 6.4%
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,910 13.2%
Professional, scientific and technical services  1,349 9.3%
Administrative and support services 649 4.5%
Public administration and safety 78 0.5%
Education and training 195 1.3%
Health care and social assistance 755 5.2%
Arts and recreation services 191 1.3%
Other Services 821 5.7%
Not categorised 139 1.0%

* 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 Jun 18 % of total
Darwin City 3,635 25.2
Darwin suburbs 3,615 25.0
Litchfield 1,767 12.2
Palmerston 1,499 10.4
Alice Springs 2,049 14.2
Barkly 211 1.5
Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem 355 2.5
East Arnhem 217 1.5
Katherine 915 6.3
Currently unknown 185 1.3

* 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 business size

Number as at 30 June Jun 18 % of total
Small (<20 employees) 13,884 95.8
   Non-employing 8,451 58.3
   1-19 employees 5,433 37.5
Medium (20-199 employees) 587 4.0
Large (≥200 employees) 24 0.2
Total 14,495 100.0

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

Corporate insolvency

Number of businesses
Companies entering external administration
Sep 19Jun 19Sep 18 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 14717100.0-17.6
Australia 2,3092,0952,18110.25.9

Source: Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Personnel business related insolvency

NumberSep 19Jun 19Sep 18 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 1616100.060.0
Bankruptcies 15 131015.450.0
Debt agreements 130 n/a n/a
Personal insolvency agreements 0 0 0 n/a n/a
Australia 1,124 1,204 1,332-6.6-15.6
Bankruptcies 9391,022 1,076-8.1-12.7
Debt agreements 165166 248-0.6 -33.5
Personal insolvency agreements 2016825.0150.0

Source: Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)

Business confidence

Business index (net balance*)Dec 18Sep 19Dec 19 Previous qtr change ppt Annual change ppt
DTBI survey     
Northern Territory 50505222
Sensis®  survey** (November 2019)Extremely confidentFairly confidentNeutralFairly worriedExtremely worried
Northern Territoryn/a75n/a25n/a
Australia164024155

* 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

IndexJan 19Dec 19Jan 20 Monthly % change Annual % change
Australia 99.695.193.4-1.8-6.2

Source: Westpac Melbourne Institute

Exchange rate

Monthly average - units of foreign currency per $AJan 19Dec 19Jan 20 Monthly % change Annual % change
USA Dollar 0.73 0.70 0.67-4.4-7.8
Chinese Renminbi 4.874.89 4.66-4.7 -4.3
Japanese Yen 79.0976.1673.35-3.7 -7.3
Euro 0.63 0.63 0.60-4.1-5.0
Singapore Dollar 0.980.94 0.91-3.6 -7.0
Trade-weighted index (May 1970 = 100) 61.60 60.3051.10-15.3-17.0

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

Last updated: 06 February 2020

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