Wesfarmers Limited is a Public Company that is ranked number 1 out of the top 2000 companies in Australia. The company generates the majority of its income from the Supermarkets and Grocery Stores in Australia industry.

In 2017 the company generated total revenue of $68,732,000,000 including sales and other revenue. In 2017 Wesfarmers Limited had 223000 employees in Australia including employees from all subsidiaries under the company's control.

The Chief Executive of Wesfarmers Limited is Mr Richard Goyder whose official title is Managing Director. The Chairman of Wesfarmers Limited is Mr Michael Chaney whose official title is Non-Executive Chairman. 

Wesfarmers Limited owns a diversified portfolio of businesses operating in the supermarket, hardware and department stores, gas processing and energy distribution, coal mining, chemicals and fertiliser and industrial and safety product industries. The company divides its operations into the following:


The retail division has a range of operations from supermarkets and convenience stores to hardware and office supplies. Brands include:

  • Coles - operating as a retailer of groceries and other household consumables through Coles and Bi-Lo supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand, and its online presence through Coles Online. The company also retails liquor through Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and 1st Choice stores, and petrol outlets through Coles Express, a joint venture with petrol retailer Shell. Coles also provides financial services and operates a number of hotels under the Spirit Hotels brand.
  • Kmart - is a retailer of apparel and general merchandise, and has an automotive services department.
  • Target - operates Target and Target Country brands, and is a retailer of apparel, homewares and general merchandise.
  • Home Improvement  - operates through the Bunnings brand with a chain of 357 trading locations in Australia and New Zealand providing home and garden improvement products and building materials. Wesfarmers also recently acquired 260 trading Homebase brand stores across the UK and Ireland, which will be rebranded to Bunnings. 
  • Officeworks - operates an Australia-wide chain of retail office supplies stores.


Wesfarmers Resources division is an open-cut miner and metallurgical coal producer with interests in several Australian mining operations. The Curragh mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin is a coal mine producing metallurgical and steaming coal for export to Japan, South-East Asia, Europe and South America. Wesfarmers holds a 40% interest in the Bengalla mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, which produces steaming coal for domestic and export markets.


Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers:

The Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) unit supplies chemicals and fertilisers to the mining, agricultural and industrial sectors. It’s subsidiary CSBP specialises in ammonia, ammonium nitrate, sodium cyanide, polyvinyl chloride resin and wood-plastic composite products. Other businesses in this segment include polyvinyl chloride manufacturer Australian Vinyls, a 50% interest in ammonium nitrate manufacturer Queensland Nitrates and a 75% stake in Australian Gold Reagents, a manufacturer of sodium cyanide. Kleenheat Gas, a subsidiary, distributes and markets LPG and appliances to domestic, commercial and industrial customers.


Industrial & Safety:

The Industrial & Safety unit supplies maintenance, repair and operating, packaging and safety products. The unit includes Blackwoods, a supplier of industrial and safety products in Australia and New Zealand, and distributor to markets in the Asia Pacific region. Other businesses include:

  • Protector Alsafe, which distributes safety products.
  • Workwear Group, which sells apparel under the King Gee, Stubbies, Hard Yakka, Wolverine, Bales, Totally Workwear, NNT and Incorporate Wear brands.
  • NZ Safety, a New Zealand-based safety supply company that operates 24 retail stores.
  • GotStock, an online industrial products and consumables store.
  • Greencap, an Australian integrated risk management and compliance company.
  • Safety Source, designs, manufactures and distributes industrial signage, apparel, safety and other products.
  • Packaging House, a distributor of packaging products.
  • Coregas, which produces a range of gases including oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and argon.
  • Bullivants, a lifting, rigging and safety gear servicing and distribution company.
  • Total Fasteners, a provider of fastener lines.



Wesfarmers also has a 50% interest in investment bank and corporate advisory services provider Gresham Partners and Gresham Private Equity Fund, and a 24.7% stake in BWP Trust. Additionally, it holds a 50% interest in Western Australian plantation sawmiller, Westpine Industries.

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