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  • Plastering and ceiling services

    Businesses in this industry install plasterboard sheets, cornices and wet or solid plastering.

    These benchmarks do not apply to cement renderers.

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    What are performance benchmarks

    These benchmarks use information reported on tax returns for the 2019–20 financial year. We update them each year. This is the most current data.

    The benchmarks show ranges of business income to business expenses. Use these benchmarks to compare your performance against similar businesses.

    Key benchmark range

    Total expenses to turnover is the key benchmark range for this industry. It is likely to be the most accurate when predicting business turnover.

    You should fall within the key benchmark range for your annual turnover. If you fall outside the range, there may be room for your business to improve.

    Check you reported all income and accounted for any trading stock used for private purposes. Some businesses can use accepted amounts as estimates for the value of trading stock used for private purposes.

    2019–20 benchmarks

    Key benchmarks for 2019–20

    Annual turnover range

    $50,000 – $300,000

    $300,001 – $1,000,000

    More than $1,000,000

    'Total expenses' divided by 'Annual turnover'

    38% to 59%

    75% to 86%

    86% to 93%

    Average total expenses




    Other benchmarks

    Not all expenses are reported by every business. Only use this information as a guide if it applies to your business.

    Other benchmarks for 2019–20

    Annual turnover range

    $50,000 – $300,000

    $300,001 – $1,000,000

    More than $1,000,000

    'Cost of sales' divided by 'Annual turnover'

    13% to 23%

    21% to 30%

    25% to 34%


    25% to 40%

    33% to 47%

    37% to 51%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    6% to 10%

    2% to 4%

    1% to 2%

    Find out more about input benchmarks for plastering and plasterboard installation.

    Benchmarks for previous years

    You can also download performance benchmarks from previous yearsExternal Link.

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