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Support for business and industry

There are many programs, services, business associations, mentoring and networking opportunities available to support business growth and success in Port Stephens, managed  by both government and the private sector.

Small Business Friendly Council

As one of over 70 member councils that take part in the Small Business Friendly Council Program (SBFC), Port Stephens Council recognises the importance of the local small business sector as a vital contributor to the community and economy. As a Small Business Friendly Council, Port Stephens Council supports initiatives that create a business-enabling environment including: the introduction of e-planning services; a dedicated Planning & Developer Relations Coordinator with a specific focus on enhancing the customer experience in terms of development applications, and an 'On Time' payment cycle of seven days which helps small business with cash flow.

Port Stephens Council signed the NSW Small Business Commissioner Small Business Friendly Council Charter on 22 July 2014. For more information surrounding the involvement of Port Stephens Council as a Small Business Friendly Council, contact the Economic Development team: ed@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Doing Business with Port Stephens Council

Our aim is to work smarter, streamline our processes, and to develop and strengthen our working relationship with all businesses. Within Councils’ policies and procedures, Council has a preference to support and purchase locally sourced goods and services wherever possible. Download this Fact Sheet with simple tips for doing business with Port Stephens Council.

Helpful links

Business Support

Economic Development


Exports & Imports


Research and Development


Chambers of Commerce, Business and Industry Associations

Grants and Statistics

Government Support & Agencies