Shoalhaven Economic Development
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Shoalhaven City Council
Economic Development Office

Ready for a Fresh Start? What are you waiting for?

Shoalhaven Council supports a specialist Economic Development Office.

The Economic Development Office has a professional care program to make the establishment/expansion of your business as easy as possible. Offering one - on - one guidance they will give you an honest appraisal of your project and help you with Council applications, building business networks and are in constant contact with other Government agencies that may be able to assist you.

Shoalhaven Council also has processes in place to help developers, builders and other applicants – eg structured meetings, electronic DA applications and website guidance on what’s required. You’ll find the Shoalhaven is where you make a genuine connection, not just a profit.

Role of the Economic Development Office

The Shoalhaven Economic Development Office is one of the largest such offices in Regional Australia. Our team will partner you and your business to:

  • Relocate your business into the Shoalhaven
  • Start a business in the Shoalhaven
  • Expand your business once established in Shoalhaven
  • Invest in the Shoalhaven
  • Connect you to business opportunities - including training and grant opportunities

Please contact the Economic Development Office on +61 2 44293388 during office hours or email us anytime.

Economic Development Strategy

The Shoalhaven Economic Development Strategy 2017-2026, adopted by Council in 2016, aims to foster sustainable economic development in the Shoalhaven through collaboration between all levels of government, other relevant agencies and the broader Shoalhaven community.

This Strategy provides an implementation platform for the many and varied economic development opportunities that have been identified through detailed stakeholder discussions and review of several local, regional, state and Federal level initiatives. The Strategy also builds on the Council's Community Strategic Plans prosperity objectives to create:

  • An economy with growing employment opportunities based on Shoalhaven's distinct characteristics, advantages and natural qualities;
  • An economy that supports and is supported by growing, diverse and changing communities; and
  • Effective promotion of Shoalhaven's investment, business and job opportunities, lifestyle attractions and vision.

​You can download a copy of the Shoalhaven Council’s latest Economic Development Strategy (PDF, 5.5Mb). It outlines the current economic strategy, the economic drivers and competitive advantages. It also gives direction to achieving a positive future with broad based actions and specific industry actions.


"15 jobs per week created in the Shoalhaven"

"The Shoalhaven has a secure water supply"

"Nowra is an easy two hour drive from Sydney"

"The Shoalhaven offers access to markets of 6 million people"

"Nowra will double in population by 2031"

Shoalhaven Strategies


Economic Development have a new strategy - Productive Shoalhaven 2017-2026

Shoalhaven Economic Profile

Remplan can provide you with Shoalhaven industrial economic data. 

Profile id. gives you access to a wealth of demographic data

Shoalhaven at a Glance
   100,295 (Mar 2017)
Labour Force:
   39,004 (Mar 2017)
Unemployment rate:
   8.23% (Mar 2017)
Gross Regional Product:
  $4.9 billion (Jun 2016)
Gross disposable wages & salaries:
   $2.2 billion 
(Dec 2016)
Value added:
   Property Services $758m
   Health/Social Assist $405m
   Manufacturing $381m
efence $373m
   Retail $301m
   Accom/Food Services $196m

(Dec 2016)