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 3,625 25.0%
Darwin suburbs 3,613 24.9%
Litchfield 1,769 12.2%
Palmerston 1,511 10.4%
Alice Springs 2,069 14.3%
Barkly 210 1.4%
Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem 346 2.4%
East Arnhem 231 1.6%
Katherine 907 6.3%
Currently unknown 210 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 business size

Number as at 30 June Jun 18 % of total
2017-18
Small (<20 employees) 13,884 96.1%
   Non-employing 8,451 58.5%
   1-19 employees 5,433 37.6%
Medium (20-199 employees) 587 4.1%
Large (≥200 employees) 24 0.2%
Total 14,448 100%

* 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 18 Sep 18 Dec 17 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 12 17 9 -29.4 33.3
Australia 2,182 2,182 1,809 0.0 20.6

Source: Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Personnel business related insolvency

Number Dec 18 Sep 18 Dec 17 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 14101140.027.3
Bankruptcies 10 10 6 0.0 66.7
Debt agreements 4 0 4 n/a n/a
Personal insolvency agreements 0 0 1 n/a n/a
Australia 1,235 1,332 1,356-7.3-8.9
Bankruptcies 975 1,076 1,088 -9.4 -10.4
Debt agreements 247 248 252 -0.4 -2.0
Personal insolvency agreements 13 8 16 62.5 -18.8

Source: Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)

Business confidence

Business index (net balance*) Mar 19 Dec 18 Mar 18 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Sensis® survey     
Northern Territory 46 27 26 -41.3 76.9
Australia 50 50 46 0.0 8.7
DTBI survey     
Northern Territory 465046 8.7 0.0

* 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

Index Mar 19 Feb 19 Mar 18 Monthly % change Annual % change
Australia 98.8 103.8 103.0 -4.8 -4.1

Source: Westpac Melbourne Institute

Exchange rate

Monthly average - units of foreign currency per $A Apr 19 Mar 19Apr 18 Monthly % change Annual % change
USA Dollar 0.70 0.70 0.76 0.6 -7.0
Chinese Renminbi 4.74 4.76 4.79 -0.3 -1.0
Japanese Yen 78.50 78.49 82.63 0.0 -5.0
Euro 0.62 0.63 0.62 -1.6 -0.6
Singapore Dollar 0.95 0.96 1.00 -1.0 -5.2
Trade-weighted index (May 1970 = 100) 60.50 60.50 62.10 0.0 -2.6

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

Last updated: 10 May 2019