Port Stephens Council is committed to working with our business community and other tiers of government to improve economic outcomes across the local government area. Council is guided by an Economic Development Policy which establishes a whole of Council approach to the sustainable growth and diversification of the local economy. View our Economic Development Policy on our Policies page.
Council's Economic Development team plays a key role in building economic capacity in Port Stephens, by shaping a business enabling environment which enhances competitiveness, job creation and incomes for the benefit of all. The team champions the strategic direction of Council’s Economic Development Policy to achieve the long term growth and prosperity identified in the Economic Development Strategy.
With a keen eye on the local economy as well as broader macroeconomic issues, the Economic Development team provides a range of programs and services including engagement, facilitation, support and activity in the following areas:
- investment attraction and job creation;
- place management and activation;
- business communication and events;
- economic data and advice, and
- business and industry support, growth and development.
To keep your finger on the pulse with what's happening in the business community join the BizLink network.
Council's Economic Development team can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (02) 4988 0536
COVID-19 business support
In a direct response to COVID-19 or Coronavirus, Council has established a Business Support Service to connect business with information on government support, advice and professional services. Find out how you can get the help you need.
Business Events Calendar
Find out what's on in Port Stephens to help you strengthen and grow your business, whether you're experienced or just starting out.
Business Health Check
The Port Stephens Business Health Check has been designed to provide a detailed review of business conditions across the region, as well as emerging opportunities and trends.
Economic Development unit plays an important role in Council's strategic planning approach, providing input into land use planning, town centre strategies as well as guiding informed decision making through the provision of detailed economic data.
Join the BizLink network
Keep your finger on the pulse with everything that's happening in your Port Stephens economy, join the BizLink network.
Why invest in Port Stephens
Port Stephens is home to one of the Australia's fastest-growing aviation and defence hubs, has a long-established manufacturing sector, and is one of the east coast's most famous tourism destinations.
Economic Development and Tourism strategy
Read our Port Stephens Economic Development and Tourism Strategy to see how we are approaching the community's focus of a livable and vibrant place that supports economic growth.