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Wollongong City Council

Business Information and Support

We connect businesses with information to help them establish, grow or re-locate to Wollongong.

There are lots of free business advice programs provided by all levels of government. Check out our online guide for details.

Sign up for our Business E-News to get up to date business information, including resources and services available to local businesses.

Our regular newsletter will help you with advice, upskilling, development, networking and more.

Make sure you understand local planning rules and regulations before making any decisions about where to locate your business.

See our Planning Research page to get started.

Whatever business you run, at some point you're likely to need a permit from Council, or help understanding the rules that apply to you.

Our Business Permits and Regulations page provides a guide to some common business activities and regulations.

The digital safety of your business is important. Cyber attacks, data breaches and other malicious acts can cause significant damage to your business, customers and our wider community.

See our Cyber Security for Your Business page for tips to help improve your business' cyber security.

We have plenty of detailed statistics about our city to help you with your business planning.

Visit our Economic Profile site to learn more.

Wollongong’s CBD is a hive of business activity – from Crown Street Mall and major shops to professional services, restaurants and cafes.

Read more on our Business in Wollongong CBD page.

If you're a member of Wollongong City Libraries, you can access hundreds of free short courses online through

This is a great way to build your business skills, with topics covering career development, management, leadership, finance, technology and much more.

Visit the libraries' Online Learning page to get started.

If you're not a library member yet, you can join for free online or at any library location.

Business in Wollongong doesn’t stop at 5pm. We have an active and growing evening economy, with plenty of new cafes, small bars, live music venues, restaurants and night markets popping up across the city in recent years.

Our Creative Wollongong strategy PDF, 10454.57 KB has an 'Our City After Dark' focus area which supports the continued growth of evening and night-time activation activities.

Council provides financial support to selected activities that help develop our local economy and industry. To find out more, see our Economic and Industry Grants page.

Wollongong has a number of business support and networking groups.

Visit the websites below to find out more.

The NSW Government has banned certain single-use plastics.

Lightweight plastic shopping bags were banned from 1 June 2022, and a number of other single-use plastic items were banned from 1 November 2022.

To learn more, visit the Plastics Ban NSW website.