• Performance benchmarks – previous years

    Note: This information does not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstance.

    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

    $65,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    42% – 57%

    46% – 56%

    49% – 57%

    Average cost of sales

    50%

    51%

    53%

    Total expenses/turnover

    70% – 84%

    80% – 88%

    84% – 92%

    Average total expenses

    77%

    84%

    88%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    57% – 76%

    64% – 75%

    67% – 76%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $65,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Labour/turnover

    15% – 27%

    11% – 19%

    13% – 20%

    Rent/turnover

    9% – 18%

    8% – 13%

    5% – 10%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    3% – 6%

    2% – 3%

    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 – $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    39% – 53%

    45% – 55%

    48% – 56%

    Average cost of sales

    46%

    50%

    52%

    Total expenses/turnover

    74% – 85%

    79% – 89%

    86% – 93%

    Average total expenses

    79%

    84%

    90%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    53% – 74%

    62% – 74%

    65% – 74%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $65,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Labour/turnover

    15% – 21%

    11% – 18%

    12% – 19%

    Rent/turnover

    11% – 18%

    8% – 13%

    5% – 11%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    4% – 5%

    2% – 3%

    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 – $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    44% – 56%

    47% – 56%

    48% – 57%

    Average cost of sales

    50%

    52%

    53%

    Total expenses/turnover

    73% – 84%

    77% – 87%

    86% – 93%

    Average total expenses

    79%

    82%

    89%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    60% – 78%

    65% – 76%

    66% – 77%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $65,000 – $150,000

    $150,000 – $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Labour/turnover

    17% – 21%

    11% – 19%

    13% – 20%

    Rent/turnover

    12% – 18%

    8% – 13%

    5% – 11%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    3% – 6%

    2% – 3%

    1% – 2%

    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 - $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Income tax return

    Cost of sales/turnover

    45% - 60%

    48% - 58%

    50% - 57%

    Average cost of sales

    52%

    53%

    54%

    Total expenses/turnover

    74% - 83%

    78% - 88%

    86% - 92%

    Average total expenses

    79%

    83%

    89%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    62% - 78%

    67% - 78%

    68% - 76%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $65,000 - $150,000

    $150,000 - $500,000

    More than $500,000

    Labour/turnover

    6% - 13%

    8% - 15%

    13% - 19%

    Rent/turnover

    11% - 18%

    8% - 13%

    5% - 10%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    3% - 5%

    2% - 3%

    1% - 2%

    See also:

    Small business benchmarks

      Last modified: 25 Feb 2016QC 43744