The largest companies of Australia greatly impact the country’s economy, the dynamism of the region, and beyond. The thirty largest publicly traded Australian companies, top constituents of the ASX 200 index, are detailed with their activities, logos, and useful links.
The S&P/ASX 200 Index
To easily grasp the fluctuations of the Australian economy and its stock market, the stocks of 200 companies quoted on the ASX are aggregated in the S&P/ASX 200 Index, or more simply ASX 200, which is widely considered as the benchmark index of Australia.
Calculated from the stocks of the 200 largest corporations by market capitalization listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, the ASX 200 is a capitalization-weighted index, i.e. in which larger companies are weighted more heavily. It represents more than 80% of the total market capitalization on the ASX.
Note that other indices have also been created to evaluate narrower or broader numbers of companies, and consider their economic dynamism through their size in market capitalization: S&P/ASX 20, S&P/ASX 50, S&P/ASX 100, and S&P/ASX 300. The S&P/ASX 200 Index remains however the index that is most often considered by analysts and journalists to follow the Australian stock market activity.
For more information on the largest Australian companies, download our ASX 200 companies Excel file containing the complete list of the 200 Australian companies that constitute the S&P/ASX 200 index, together with extensive business, market, financial, and digital information on each company. For even more data on the largest Australian companies, download our Excel file on the All Ordinaries companies (500 companies).
The real-time quotation of the ASX 200 index can be followed with convenient graphical tools from a number of sources, including Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, etc.
List of the 30 largest companies in the ASX by market capitalization
To help you learn more about Australian corporations, the 30 largest companies in the Australian Securities Exchange, and the ASX 200 index, are listed hereafter. Each company is presented with information on its sector and industry, operations, market capitalization, a direct link to its website, logo, and stock ticker. Companies are ranked by market capitalization in Australian Dollars as of the effective close on Friday, April 2, 2021.
Remark that in order to make this list follow the ASX 200 and focus on the largest Australian companies, we have not included companies that are not primarily or co-headquartered in Australia. A few of the larger companies in the ASX 200 index are therefore not in the following list, namely Resmed Inc, a US medical instruments & supplies company, Xero Limited, a cloud-based accounting software based in New-Zealand, News Corporation, a US media company, James Hardie Industries, a fiber cement company based in Ireland, and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, a medical devices company from New Zealand.
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Shortcuts to each company
To facilitate your browsing in this long list, here are quick links to go directly to the details of any of the top 30 ASX companies. Be sure to also check the Top 10 Australian companies’ summary after the list!
QBE Insurance Group Limited is a global insurance company. Tracing its origins to 1886, QBE Insurance Group operates in general insurance and reinsurance services in Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific region.
Website: qbe.com – Market Cap.: A$14.4 Billion – Stock ticker: QBE
Ramsay Health Care is a private healthcare company operating in Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Ramsay Health Care is especially involved in primary care to highly complex surgery, as well as mental health care and rehabilitation.
Website: ramsayhealth.com – Market Cap.: A$15.3 Billion – Stock ticker: RHC
Brambles Limited is the parent of Brambles group, a supply-chain logistics company, specialized in container pooling and associated services. Operating in more than 60 countries through the CHEP and IFCO brands, Brambles is engaged in outsourced management of pallets and containers and reusable plastic crates.
Website: brambles.com – Market Cap.: A$15.4 Billion – Stock ticker: BXB
Sydney Airport Holdings is a holding company that owns the Sydney Airport. It operates and manages the airport through the Sydney Airport Corporation.
Website: sydneyairport.com.au – Market Cap.: A$16.4 Billion – Stock ticker: SYD
Sonic Healthcare Limited is a medical company specializing in diagnostics services. It provides services in pathology/laboratory medicine and imaging/radiology. Having grown through international acquisitions, Sonic Healthcare now operates in Australia, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Ireland
Website: sonichealthcare.com – Market Cap.: A$16.9 Billion – Stock ticker: SHL
Charter Hall Group is a real estate developer and investor. Developing a number of office, industrial, retail and social infrastructure, Charter Hall operates through property investment and funds management. Charter Hall currently owns and manages more than 1300 real estate properties in its portfolio across Australia, including landmark city offices, industrial and logistics facilities, local shopping centers, and early learning centers.
Website: charterhall.com.au – Market Cap.: A$17.7 Billion – Stock ticker: CHC
REA Group Ltd is an online real estate advertising company. Originally operating Australia’s largest property website, realestate.com.au, REA Group has expanded through international acquisitions to operate property websites in 6 countries. It is majority-owned by News Corp Australia.
Website: rea-group.com – Market Cap.: A$18.8 Billion – Stock ticker: REA
Newcrest Mining Limited is a mining company and one of the world’s largest producers of gold. It is involved in the exploration, development, mining, and sale of gold and copper, operating in Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Canada.
Website: newcrest.com – Market Cap.: A$20.4 Billion – Stock ticker: NCM
Coles Group Limited is engaged in the operation of multiple retail chains. Previously bought by Wesfarmers Limited, Coles Group was relisted independently, operating Coles Supermarkets, Coles Express, Coles liquor division, and owning half of FlyBuys.
Website: colesgroup.com.au – Market Cap.: A$21.2 Billion – Stock ticker: COL
Aristocrat Leisure Limited is a company specialized in the manufacture of gambling machines. Primarily producing slot machines, it also develops computerized gambling systems and card game simulations, electronic table games, and linked jackpot systems. Besides Australia, Aristocrat Leisure has opened marketing and development offices in South Africa, Russia, and the United States.
Website: aristocrat.com – Market Cap.: A$22.2 Billion – Stock ticker: ALL
Woodside Petroleum is a petroleum exploration and production company. It operates in Australia, Canada, the United States, Senegal, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Myanmar, Cameroon, Gabon, Morocco, and Ireland. In Australia, Woodside is also involved in a number of liquefied natural gas projects.
Website: woodside.com.au – Market Cap.: A$23.1 Billion – Stock ticker: WPL
Amcor Limited is a multinational packaging company operating in more than 40 countries. It is engaged in the development and production of flexible packaging, rigid containers, specialty cartons, closures and services, and other products.
Website: amcor.com – Market Cap.: A$24 Billion – Stock ticker: AMC
Scentre Group is a company developing and managing shopping centers and retail destinations. Operating the Westfield brand across Australia and New Zealand, Scentre Group is operating through the development, design, construction, funds/asset management, property management, leasing, and marketing activities for its centers.
Website: scentregroup.com – Market Cap.: A$29.4 Billion – Stock ticker: SCG
Afterpay Limited is a financial technology company primarily engaged in delayed payments. Thanks to its “pay later” service, Afterpay notably allows customers to purchase a product immediately, and pay it later in four payments within two weeks, whether in-store or online. Afterpay also provides special offers and deals with partner brands. Afterpay operates in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and New Zealand.
Website: afterpay.com – Market Cap.: A$30.3 Billion – Stock ticker: APT
Goodman Limited, also known as Goodman Group, is a commercial and industrial real estate development company. It is engaged in the management and development of commercial and industrial property including warehouses, large-scale logistics facilities, business and office parks in 17 countries.
Website: goodman.com – Market Cap.: A$33.8 Billion – Stock ticker: GMG
APA Group is a company that owns and operates natural gas and electricity assets throughout Australia. Besides managing 15,000 kilometers of natural gas pipelines across Australia, APA Group is also involved in gas storage facilities, gas-fired power stations, and wind farms.
Website: apa.com.au – Market Cap.: A$35.8 Billion – Stock ticker: APA
Transurban Group, more simply know as Transurban, is a toll-road operating company. Transurban designs, builds, and manages urban toll road networks in Australia, the United States, and Canada. It is also engaged in the research and development of new toll payment systems and transport technology.
Website: transurban.com.au – Market Cap.: A$36.3 Billion – Stock ticker: TCL
Telstra Corporation Limited, simply known as Telstra, the largest telecommunications company in Australia. It builds and operates telecommunications networks and markets products and services for voice, mobile, internet access, and pay television.
Website: telstra.com.au – Market Cap.: A$40.4 Billion – Stock ticker: TLS
Santos Ltd., standing for South Australia Northern Territory Oil Search, is an independent oil and gas producer. Particularly involved in the extraction of domestic gas in Australia, Santos Ltd also distributes gas across the country. It is also engaged in oil and gas exploration and production ventures in Australia, in the Timor Gap, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Vietnam, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as the export of liquid natural gas to Japan.
Website: santos.com – Market Cap.: A$44.5 Billion – Stock ticker: STO
Woolworths Group Limited is a retail company operating supermarkets (with the Woolworths and Countdown brands in Australia and New Zealand respectively), liquor retailing (as BWS and Dan Murphy’s in Australia), hotels and pubs (under the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group), and discount department stores (under the Big W brand in Australia).
Website: woolworthsgroup.com.au – Market Cap.: A$51.8 Billion – Stock ticker: WOW
Macquarie Group Limited is a multinational independent investment bank and financial services company. Employing more than 14,000 staff in 25 countries, Macquarie is the world’s largest infrastructure asset manager and top-ranked mergers and acquisitions advisor in Australia. It also manages more than A$ 495 billion in assets.
Website: macquarie.com – Market Cap.: A$55.1 Billion – Stock ticker: MQG
Wesfarmers Limited is a conglomerate with predominant interests in Australian and New Zealand retail, chemicals, fertilizers, coal mining, and industrial and safety products. Founded as a co-operative in 1914, Wesfarmers Limited has become the largest employer in Australia with more than 220,000 employees.
Website: wesfarmers.com.au – Market Cap.: A$60.1 Billion – Stock ticker: WES
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, also referred to as Fortescue or FMG, is one of the largest producers of iron ore in the world. Fortescue Metals Group operates iron ore mines throughout Australia and ore transports including trains and ore carrying ships. It is now engaged in the exploration for diversification in gold, copper, and lithium.
Website: fmgl.com.au – Market Cap.: A$62.3 Billion – Stock ticker: FMG
The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, commonly called ANZ, is a multinational bank. The third-largest bank in Australia by market capitalization, ANZ is the largest bank in New Zealand, and it is also present in 34 other nations.
Website: anz.com.au – Market Cap.: A$80.4 Billion – Stock ticker: ANZ
National Australia Bank, commonly known and branded as NAB, is a multinational bank. Heavily present in Australia through business and personal banking, direct banking through the internet, and financial services, NAB is also very present in New Zealand and in other countries of Asia.
Website: nab.com.au – Market Cap.: A$86.1 Billion – Stock ticker: NAB
Westpac Banking Corporation, commonly known as Westpac, is a bank and provider of financial services. Founded in 1817, Westpac now gathers more than 14 million customers in five divisions: consumer banking, commercial and business banking, wealth management, institutional banking, and Westpac New Zealand.
Website: westpac.com.au – Market Cap.: A$88.6 Billion – Stock ticker: WBC
CSL Limited is a biotechnology company providing products to treat and prevent serious human medical conditions. CSL is involved in the research, development, manufacturing, and marketing of a wide range of products including blood plasma derivatives, vaccines, antivenom, and cell culture reagents for medical and genetic research and manufacturing applications.
Website: csl.com.au – Market Cap.: A$119.7 Billion – Stock ticker: CSL
Founded in 1911, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, abbreviated CBA or CommBank, is a multinational bank providing services in retail, business, and institutional banking, funds management, superannuation, insurance, investment, and brokerage services. It operates across Australia, and abroad in New Zealand, Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Website: commbank.com.au – Market Cap.: A$152.9 Billion – Stock ticker: CBA
Rio Tinto Limited is the Australian arm of the Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining corporation that is also listed on the London Stock Exchange and a top constituent of the FTSE index. Founded in 1873, Rio Tinto has evolved to become a leader in the extraction of minerals, especially aluminum, iron ore, copper, uranium, and diamonds, and developed operations in refining, particularly for bauxite and iron ore. With a global presence, Rio Tinto is primarily operating in Australia and Canada.
Website: riotinto.com – Market Cap.: A$181.2 Billion – Stock ticker: RIO
BHP Group Limited is the Australian part of the Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals, and petroleum corporation that is also listed on the London Stock Exchange and a top constituent of the FTSE index. BHP is involved in the exploration, production, and processing of minerals, especially coal, iron ore, copper, and manganese ore, and the exploration, production, and refining of hydrocarbons.
Website: bhp.com – Market Cap.: A$230.9 Billion – Stock ticker: BHP
To give you a quick review of the largest companies in the S&P/ASX 200 index in 2021, here are the top 10 ASX companies by market capitalization as of April 2, 2021.
- BHP Group – A$ 230.9 Billion
- Rio Tinto – A$ 181.2 Billion
- Commonwealth Bank – A$ 152.9 Billion
- CSL – A$ 119.7 Billion
- Westpac – A$ 88.6 Billion
- NAB – A$ 86.1 Billion
- ANZ – A$ 80.4 Billion
- Fortescue – A$ 62.3 Billion
- Wesfarmers – A$ 60.1 Billion
- Macquarie Group – A$ 55.1 Billion
You will also find the top 10 in this synthesizing image that also regroups the information of each S&P/ASX 200 company with its industry. Remark that you can use this image to embed it on your website and other digital properties using the embed code below.
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