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 year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Northern Territory 14,197 14,158 14,156 14,310
Australia 2,079,666 2,100,162 2,121,235 2,171,544

Source: ABS Cat No 8165

NT businesses by ANZSIC division

Number as at 30 June each year Jun 16 % of total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 927 6.5%
Mining 71 0.5%
Manufacturing 435 3.0%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services 32 0.2%
Construction 3,042 21.2%
Wholesale trade 328 2.3%
Retail trade 862 6.0%
Accommodation and food services 766 5.3%
Transport, postal and warehousing 918 6.4%
Information media and telecommunications 73 0.5%
Financial and insurance services 903 6.3%
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,889 13.2%
Professional, scientific and technical services  1,296 9.0%
Administrative and support services 596 4.2%
Public administration and safety 77 0.5%
Education and training 192 1.3%
Health care and social assistance 704 4.9%
Arts and recreation services 191 1.3%
Other Services 814 5.7%
Not categorised 210 1.5%
Total* 14,326 100%

* 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 16 % of total
Darwin City 3,681 25.7%
Darwin suburbs 3,536 24.7%
Litchfield 1,688 11.8%
Palmerston 1,42310.0%
Alice Springs 2,001 14.0%
Barkly 216 1.5%
Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem 348 2.4%
East Arnhem 181 1.3%
Katherine 896 6.3%
Currently unkown 327 2.3%
Total* 14,297 100%

* 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 15 % of total
2014-15
Small (<20 employees) 13,633 95.2%
   Non-employing 8,255 57.6%
   1-19 employees 5,378 37.5%
Medium (20-199 employees) 665 4.6%
Large (≥200 employees) 28 0.2%
Total 14,326 100%

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

Corporate insolvency

Number of businesses
Companies entering external administration
Dec 16 Sep 16 Dec 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 7 1511 -53.3 -36.4
Australia 1,817 2,299 2,003 -21.0 -9.3

Source: Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Personnel business related insolvency

Number Dec 16 Sep 16 Dec 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 1612 1433.314.3
Bankruptcies 10 10 8 0.0 25.0
Debt agreements 6 2 6 N/A N/A
Personal insolvency agreements 0 0 0 N/A N/A
Australia 1,268 1,425 1,266-11.00.2
Bankruptcies 1,013 1,190 1,040 -14.9 -2.6
Debt agreements 234 215 208 8.8 12.5
Personal insolvency agreements 21 20 18 5.0 16.7

Source: Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)

Business confidence

Index (net balance*) Mar 17Dec 16 Mar 16 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 181627-11.1-40.7
Australia 4446 354.531.4

* Net balance is defined as the difference between the percentage who are confident (+) and the percentage who are worried (-).
Source: Sensis® Business Index

Consumer sentiment index

Index Mar 17 Feb 17 Mar 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Australia 99.7 99.699.10.10.6

Source: Westpac Melbourne Institute

Exchange rate

Monthly average - units of foreign currency per $A Mar 17 Feb 17 Mar 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
USA Dollar 0.76 0.77 0.77-0.6-0.2
Chinese Renminbi 5.27 5.28 4.95-0.16.5
Japanese Yen 85.67 86.5485.93-1.0-0.3
Euro 0.72 0.73 0.68-1.45.9
Singapore Dollar 1.07 1.08 1.03-1.03.3
Trade-weighted index (May 1970 = 100) 66.20 66.70 64.40-0.72.8

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

Last updated: 07 June 2017