Driving schools and instructors

Businesses in this industry provide lessons on the safe operation of cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. Other services may also include defensive driving and advanced driver courses.

Performance benchmarks

These performance benchmarks are updated annually and developed using the information reported on income tax returns and activity statements for the 2013–14 year.

These benchmarks show a number of different financial ratios of business income to business expenses, to help businesses compare their performance against similar businesses in their industry.

The key benchmark ratio for this industry is total expenses to turnover (see definitions). This ratio is likely to be the most accurate predictor of business turnover.

2013–14 financial year

Key benchmark ratio

Annual turnover range

$50,000 – $90,000

$90,000 – $190,000

More than $190,000

Income tax return

Total expenses/turnover

39% – 52%

41% – 63%

61% – 78%

Average total expenses




The following benchmarks can be used as a guide for businesses to review their performance and business practices against other similar businesses.

Not all expenses are reported by every business, so one or more of the benchmarks below may not apply to your business.

Benchmark ratio

Annual turnover range

Income tax return

$50,000 – $90,000

$90,000 – $190,000

More than $190,000

Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

15% – 21%

10% – 16%

6% – 15%

    Last modified: 25 Feb 2016QC 43786