• Performance benchmarks – previous years

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    2012–13 financial year

    These performance benchmarks were developed using information reported on income tax returns and activity statements for the 2012–13 year.

    Key benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    $50,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $300,000

    More than $300,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    33% – 38%

    37% – 43%

    38% – 42%

    Average cost of sales

    36%

    40%

    40%

    Total expenses/turnover

    79% – 86%

    81% – 85%

    83% – 90%

    Average total expenses

    82%

    83%

    86%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    70% – 78%

    70% – 78%

    62% – 74%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $50,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $300,000

    More than $300,000

    Labour/turnover

    21% – 25%

    10% – 15%

    12% – 19%

    Rent/turnover

    21% – 28%

    18% – 26%

    13% – 21%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    2% – 3%

    1% – 2%

    1% – 2%

    2011–12 financial year

    These performance benchmarks were developed using information reported on income tax returns and activity statements for the 2011–12 year.

    Key benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $300,000

    More than $300,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    36% – 43%

    36% – 41%

    37% – 45%

    Average cost of sales

    40%

    38%

    41%

    Total expenses/turnover

    77% – 82%

    79% – 84%

    81% – 90%

    Average total expenses

    80%

    81%

    86%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $65,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $300,000

    More than $300,000

    Labour/turnover

    17%

    10% – 16%

    10% – 16%

    Rent/turnover

    21% – 28%

    18% – 25%

    14% – 22%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    2% – 3%

    1% – 2%

    1% – 2%

    2010–11 financial year

    These performance benchmarks were developed using information reported on income tax returns and activity statements for the 2010–11 year.

    Key benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $300,000

    More than $300,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    35% – 41%

    37% – 42%

    38% – 43%

    Average cost of sales

    38%

    39%

    40%

    Total expenses/turnover

    79% – 85%

    80% – 87%

    81% – 89%

    Average total expenses

    82%

    83%

    85%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    72% – 81%

    66% – 75%

    67% – 75%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $65,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $300,000

    More than $300,000

    Labour/turnover

    12% – 15%

    9% – 15%

    9% – 16%

    Rent/turnover

    19% – 29%

    19% – 26%

    14% – 21%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    2% – 3%

    1% – 2%

    1%

    2009–10 financial year

    These performance benchmarks were developed using information reported on income tax returns and activity statements for the 2009–10 year.

    Key benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 - $150,000

    $150,000 - $300,000

    More than $300,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    34% - 43%

    37% - 44%

    38% - 44%

    Average cost of sales

    39%

    41%

    41%

    Total expenses/turnover

    80% - 84%

    82% - 87%

    83% - 91%

    Average total expenses

    82%

    85%

    87%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    65% - 78%

    66% - 74%

    66% - 75%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $65,000 - $150,000

    $150,000 - $300,000

    More than $300,000

    Labour/turnover

    5% - 13%

    6% - 12%

    11% - 16%

    Rent/turnover

    18% - 27%

    19% - 27%

    14% - 24%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    2% - 3%

    1% - 2%

    1%

    See also:

    Small business benchmarks

      Last modified: 25 Feb 2016QC 43759