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  • Small business benchmarks

    Small business benchmarks are a guide to help you compare your business's performance against similar businesses in the same industry.

    Use the business performance check

    The easiest and quickest way to see how your business compares to competitors is by using the business performance check tool.

    Just enter your details in the tool, and it will calculate and compare the data you entered using the benchmarks to quickly show how your business compares to your competitors.

    You can find the business performance check tool by:

    1. downloading the ATO app from the Google Play or Apple App Store
    2. going to Business
    3. selecting Business performance check
    4. having your information ready and entering the figures into the tool
    5. comparing your business performance.

    The personal information you enter isn't recorded and will only be used for completing the tool.


    Why use ATO benchmarks?

    Our benchmark methodology has been verified as statistically valid by an independent organisation and is consistent with international approaches.

    Our benchmarks:

    • are based on the biggest data set available – calculated from tax returns and activity statements from over 1.5 million small businesses
    • account for businesses with different turnover ranges across more than 100 industries
    • are published as a range to recognise the variations that occur between businesses due to factors such as location and businesses circumstances.

    We release updated benchmark ratios each year based on:

    • your business industry code, derived from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC)
    • the main business activity on your tax return
    • the trading name of your business.
    • The current data is the most recent available, which is from the 2016–17 financial year.

    Find benchmarks

    You can search for your industry benchmarks by:

    If your industry isn’t represented in our small business benchmarks, you can use the industry benchmarks information in Taxation statistics.

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    Last modified: 11 Mar 2020QC 22307