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 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Northern Territory 14,158 14,156 14,310 14,445
Australia 2,100,162 2,121,235 2,171,544 2,238,299

Source: ABS Cat No 8165

NT businesses by ANZSIC division*

Number as at 30 June each year Jun 17 % of total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 897 6.2%
Mining 77 0.5%
Manufacturing 454 3.1%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services 47 0.3%
Construction 2,983 20.6%
Wholesale trade 335 2.3%
Retail trade 8505.9%
Accommodation and food services 758 5.2%
Transport, postal and warehousing 961 6.7%
Information media and telecommunications 82 0.6%
Financial and insurance services 936 6.5%
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,908 13.2%
Professional, scientific and technical services  1,319 9.1%
Administrative and support services 643 4.5%
Public administration and safety 81 0.6%
Education and training 183 1.3%
Health care and social assistance 7435.1%
Arts and recreation services 191 1.3%
Other Services 793 5.5%
Not categorised 207 1.4%

* 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 17 % of total
Darwin City 3,656 25.2%
Darwin suburbs 3,698 25.2%
Litchfield 1,774 12.2%
Palmerston 1,477 10.2%
Alice Springs 2,022 13.9%
Barkly 183 1.3%
Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem 359 2.5%
East Arnhem 212 1.5%
Katherine 917 6.3%
Currently unknown 2261.6%

* 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 17 % of total
2016-17
Small (<20 employees) 13,938 95.5%
   Non-employing 8,471 58.0%
   1-19 employees 5,467 37.4%
Medium (20-199 employees) 621 4.3%
Large (≥200 employees) 42 0.3%
Total 14,601 100%

* 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 18Sep 18Dec 17 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 12179-29.433.3
Australia 2,1822,1821,8090.020.6

Source: Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Personnel business related insolvency

NumberDec 18Sep 18Dec 17 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 14101140.027.3
Bankruptcies 101060.066.7
Debt agreements 404n/an/a
Personal insolvency agreements 001n/an/a
Australia 1,235 1,332 1,356-7.3-8.9
Bankruptcies 975 1,0761,088-9.4-10.4
Debt agreements 247248252-0.4-2.0
Personal insolvency agreements 1381662.5-18.8

Source: Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)

Business confidence

Business index (net balance*)Dec 18Sep 18Dec 17 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Sensis® survey     
Northern Territory 27726-74.13.8
Australia 50 4246-16.08.7
DTBI survey     
Northern Territory504212-16.0316.7

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

Consumer sentiment index

IndexJan 19Sep 18Jan 18Monthly % changeAnnual % change
Australia 99.6104.4105.1-4.6-5.2

Source: Westpac Melbourne Institute

Exchange rate

Monthly average - units of foreign currency per $AJan 19Dec 18Jan 18Monthly % changeAnnual % change
USA Dollar 0.730.710.813.0-10.0
Chinese Renminbi 4.874.855.110.3-4.6
Japanese Yen 79.0977.9387.871.5-10.0
Euro 0.630.620.652.3-2.8
Singapore Dollar 0.980.961.061.6-7.5
Trade-weighted index (May 1970 = 100) 61.6060.7065.601.5-6.1

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

Last updated: 15 February 2019