Doing Business in the Sutherland Shire

The Sutherland Shire is the second largest local government area in NSW, with 227,546 residents* and further 38,474 people forecast to call the Sutherland Shire home by 2036. Located 30 kilometres south of Sydney’s CBD, the Sutherland Shire is well connected by road, railway and air making this a convenient place to live and do business.



*ABS Estimated Resident Population 2017. 


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Local Economic Data

Local economic data for the Sutherland Shire includes, Sutherland Shire Business Survey and other useful research resources.

Developing our Economy

Council has long recognised the importance of a strong local economy and is committed to progressing the Sutherland Shire as a prosperous community for all.

Our Key Industries

Key industries as measured by the number of jobs located in Sutherland Shire and local industry value-added include education and training, health care and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services, retail trade, construction and tourism-related activities

Choosing the right business location

The type of premises will depend on your business. For example, if you sell products, this can involve deciding the best location to set up a retail shop and exploring the buying or leasing property options available in that area.

Biennial Business Survey

Sutherland Shire Council conducts a biennial business survey of local business operators and owners.
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Local Business Success Story

A Plated Affair started in 2015 as a small meal prep business based in Cronulla, Sutherland Shire NSW. The Founder and creator of the brand Gracie was competing in Power Lifting at the time and posting all her meals online ( Hash tag all for the gram). The demand and response to replicate meals was huge and so it begun! But like any new business we needed customers! It was worth a shot but We started on Tinder and that’s where 80% of our original clientele was from! This may not have been great for dates but it sure made the starting of our brand a huge success. The last 4 years have found us growing from strength to strength, and bought us to where we are now! As one of Sydney’s top Catering Companies, A Plated Affair, APA for short is committed to crafting the most delightful, events with fresh and nutritious food from the Shire to Sydney City. APA has been designed to assist you in all your social, private and corporate occasions. We offer delicious hand crafted treats and meals to impress even the most hard to please. Hospitality is a very physically hard industry to work in, there are long demanding hours, while the business was starting up Gracie worked up to 120 hrs+ a week! The things you do to make your dreams come true. Like every small business I have ever met, staff is the hardest part! But we are very privileged to be apart of a local networking group called BNI – Business Network International and with the support and help of such an amazing group, I have been able to connect with the right staff to help APA grow. APA recently had a Social Media Campaign go viral with over 6 Million hits in one month! The Ultimate Cheese Board featured on Lad Bible world wide. Making time to network and meet other liked minded businesses is super important to grow any small business so connecting with the incredible Australia wide Social Media and content marketing company called Lick Your Phone was a game changer. We have huge dreams of expanding all over Australia, and will be looking to open a second Sydney city location later this year!


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Enquiries can be directed to Sutherland Shire Council's Economic Development Unit on 9710 0892 or

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