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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.

    We release updated benchmark ratios each year. The most recent data is from the 2018–19 financial year.

    Use the business performance check tool

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

    When you enter your business details in the tool, it will calculate and compare the data you entered against the benchmarks.

    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.

    Have your business information ready and enter the figures into the tool.

    You can then compare your business performance.

    We don't record the personal information you enter and it will only be used for the tool.

    See also:

    See How to compare your business performance manually to find out how you can calculate your benchmark manually.


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    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 from over 1.7 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 allocate business data to a business type based on a combination of:

    • business industry code, which is derived from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC)
    • the main business activity listed on the tax return
    • the trading name label of the business.

    Find your industry 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: 29 Apr 2021QC 22307