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This section of the website provides information for new and existing businesses, investors, entrepreneurs and developers wishing to operate in the City of Hobart. It provides the latest economic information, statistics and business news to assist with making informed decisions.

Located in southern Tasmania, the City of Hobart is the State's Capital and provides a wide range of experiences and opportunities for business in the areas of:

  • Retail and wholesale trade
  • Tourism / food and beverage industry
  • Arts and culture
  • Information communications and technology
  • Ship building
  • Property development.

Hobart is the business and commercial centre of Tasmania and the seat of State Government. While Hobart's economy is diverse, it is clearly oriented towards the service industries that support public administration.

On any given day, the City may host up to 49,800 residents, 44,700 workers, 33,000 students and a large number of shoppers and tourists.

While the Council recognises that there are a number of key industry sectors that make Hobart "tick", we are clearly focused on the City's competitive advantages and economic strengths. As such, the Council's Economic Development Strategy is based on the areas where Council can add value and make the most difference. The focus is on four priority areas:

  • Inner City Development Plan
  • Facilitating Office Based Activity
  • Expanding Higher Education
  • Growing the Research Sector.

    In this section

    • Why do Business In Hobart?

      Details on the various lifestyle benefits for living and working in the City of Hobart.

    • Economic Profile

      This section covers areas such as resident population, demographics, working population, employment, business and residential housing, development, commercial accommodation, education and tourism.

    • Key Industry Sectors

      This section lists Hobart's key industry sectors and relative share of employment.

    • Economic Development Priorities

      The Hobart City Council's Economic Development Strategy 2009 - 2014 focusses on the Council's priorities for inner city development, facilitating office based activity, expanding higher education and growing the research sector.

    • Business News

      Keep up to date with Council's business initatives and related news from Hobart's business sector.

    • Further Information and Support

      More information about Council's Economic Development Unit, Council strategies and plans, useful resources and links.

Customer Service Centre

16 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Office Hours: Mon–Fri 8.15am–5.15pm
Telephone (03) 6238 2711
Email hcc@hobartcity.com.au

Postal address

Town Hall, Macquarie St
GPO Box 503
Hobart Tasmania 7001