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Small business insights

Small businesses1 define our identity as a place, a region and a destination. Small businesses create local jobs and provide essential goods and services, both to the community and to larger organisations. They drive regional economic development and make up the backbone of the supply chains of major projects.

1The Small Business Commissioner considers a small business to be any business that a reasonable person would consider to be small regardless of structure, turnover or number of employees (generally equivalent to <20 FTEs). The Queensland Small Business Commissioner provides services for small businesses that are based in Queensland. This is the Small Business Commissioner’s operational policy in relation to the definition of a small business.

Queensland small business data

Data1 current as of 30 June 2023


small businesses in Queensland


of all businesses in the state are small businesses


of small businesses are non-employing

The 482,836 small businesses in Queensland account for 19.2% of all Australian small businesses, compared to 20.46% of Australia’s population that live in the state2.

Of those:

  • 62.1% of small businesses are non-employing
  • 28.04% have 1-4 employees
  • 9.86% have 5-19 employees

Queensland's top 10 small business industries

1 Unless otherwise stated, all numbers are from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2023), Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits.
2 Calculated using Australian Bureau of Statistics (2022), Regional Population, accessed 22 January 2024.


The QSBC provides the following reports to help inform Queensland small businesses and raise public awareness.