Running the Numbers: A Focus on NSW Business Size

Understanding the number and profiles of businesses in NSW is important for developing policies and programs that drive economic development and support job creation.

To unpack the drivers of state-level economies, we need measures such as business size and business counts, share of turnover, employment, exports and profit. While much is known about small and large businesses, the role that medium-sized businesses play in the NSW economy is less well understood.

Running the Numbers: A Data Snapshot of Business Size in NSW adds to the ongoing discussion on business size by sharing key data on the economic contribution and distribution of NSW’s employing businesses.

For the first time, aggregated NSW firm-level data on selected business size categories of employing firms and various economic indicators will be made available by analysing firm-level microdata in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Business Longitudinal Data Analysis Environment (BLADE). Findings will support evidence-based discussions and assessments of the economic contributions and growth of businesses in the NSW economy.

The report will be published later this year. If you’d like to be notified when the report is a released, email us at and ask to be added to our mailing list.