• 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 – $125,000

    $125,000 – $525,000

    More than $525,000

    Income tax return

    Labour/turnover

    23% – 33%

    22% – 31%

    30% – 41%

    Average labour

    28%

    26%

    36%

    Total expenses/turnover

    60% – 72%

    68% – 81%

    82% – 92%

    Average total expenses

    66%

    75%

    87%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    40% – 54%

    37% – 52%

    43% – 58%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $50,000 – $125,000

    $125,000 – $525,000

    More than $525,000

    Rent/turnover

    3% – 8%

    3% – 9%

    4% – 7%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    14% – 23%

    10% – 19%

    7% – 13%

    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

    $50,000 – $125,000

    $125,000 – $525,000

    More than $525,000

    Income tax return

    Labour/turnover

    21% – 30%

    23% – 33%

    30% – 42%

    Average labour

    25%

    28%

    36%

    Total expenses/turnover

    58% – 73%

    68% – 83%

    84% – 91%

    Average total expenses

    65%

    75%

    87%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    36% – 53%

    38% – 53%

    43% – 59%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $50,000 – $125,000

    $125,000 – $525,000

    More than $525,000

    Rent/turnover

    3% – 6%

    3% – 8%

    4% – 7%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    14% – 22%

    10% – 19%

    6% – 12%

    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

    $50,000 – $125,000

    $125,000 – $525,000

    More than $525,000

    Income tax return

    Labour/turnover

    22% – 30%

    22% – 32%

    30% – 41%

    Average labour

    26%

    27%

    36%

    Total expenses/turnover

    58% – 73%

    68% – 81%

    85% – 92%

    Average total expenses

    66%

    75%

    88%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    36% – 53%

    38% – 51%

    43% – 57%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $50,000 – $125,000

    $125,000 – $525,000

    More than $525,000

    Rent/turnover

    4% – 6%

    3% – 7%

    4% – 7%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    13% – 22%

    11% – 18%

    6% – 12%

    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

    $50,000 - $150,000

    $150,000 - $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Income tax return

    Labour/turnover

    16% - 26%

    21% - 34%

    29% - 41%

    Average labour

    26%

    29%

    36%

    Total expenses/turnover

    61% - 75%

    71% - 83%

    84% - 93%

    Average total expenses

    68%

    77%

    89%

    Activity statement

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    35% - 51%

    38% - 52%

    43% - 57%

     

    Benchmark ratio

    Annual turnover range

    Income tax return

    $50,000 - $150,000

    $150,000 - $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Rent/turnover

    4% - 8%

    4% - 8%

    4% - 6%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    13% - 20%

    11% - 18%

    6% - 10%

    See also:

    Small business benchmarks

      Last modified: 25 Feb 2016QC 43774