Uber is driving a surge in the number of registered Australian businesses, the biggest since the recovery from the financial crisis in 2010. The latest count from the Bureau of Statistics shows 2.238 million Australian businesses in June 2017, up 3.1 per cent from June 2016. It follows a surge of 2.4 per cent in the year to June 2016. But until then the number of registered businesses grew by 1 per cent or less a year. Australia gained 6150 “taxi and other road transport” businesses in 2016-17.
The head of the Bureau’s business register unit, Luisa Ryan, said the growth was concentrated in the “transport, postal and warehousing” industry. Within that, the two fastest-growing sectors were “taxi and other road transport” and “other transport support services”. Each is a descriptor used by Uber owners or divers.
Australia gained 6150 “taxi and other road transport” businesses in 2016-17, taking the total from 19,020 to 25,170, a jump of 32 per cent.
Australia gained 8186 “other transport support services” businesses in 2016-17, taking the total from 31,501 to 39,695, a jump of 26 per cent.
All but a few hundred of those businesses were described as “non employing”, meaning they described a single driver. Uber began testing its low-cost car ride sharing service, Uber-X, in 2014.
The statistics suggest it has had its biggest growth in NSW and Victoria where an extra 5985 and 5749 ride-sharing companies have been registered in the past year.
• Business registrations in transport in Australia up through Uber.