Biennial Business Survey

Sutherland Shire Council conducts a biennial business survey of local business operators and owners. The purpose of this survey is to help us work towards the continued growth of a diverse, resilient, outward-looking and prosperous economy.

The 2018 business survey has just closed and a report will be available in early February 2019.

Key findings of our 2016 survey

  • The mean number of hours respondents work per week increased by an hour and 30 minutes compared to 2014, averaging 39 hours a week.
  • The ability to work from home (41%) or work close to home (48%) were the predominant reasons why respondents located their business within the Sutherland Shire.
  • Actual turnover remained steady in 2016 compared to 2014, with 22% of businesses having a turnover of over $500,000 and 49% having a turnover of less than $75,000.
  • Despite the online market now being an important sales tool in moderm business, on average 82% of turnover still comes from traditional sales for businesses within the Sutherland Shire.
  • A quarter of respondents (24%) stated they have experienced skill shortages in their business/business dealings, with the greatest shortage centring around trade skills.

Findings based on a sample of 723 local businesses. See the full report here.


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


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