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Economic Development Unit

The Council's Economic Development Unit is responsible for a broad range of activities from land development to business advice and referral, to industry sector development and economic data analysis. The Unit is also responsible for the development and delivery of the Council's Economic Development Strategy.

The Economic Development Unit acts as a first point of reference for business owners and developers in Hobart and provides specific information about the City and the role of Council as well as putting people in contact with Council officers in relevant areas of the organisation.

For further information please contact:

Group Manager Executive & Economic Development
Phone: (03) 6238 2940
Email: shortt@hobartcity.com.au

Economic Development Project Officer
Phone (03) 6238 2401
Email: knottle@hobartcity.com.au

Strategies & Plans

The following Council publications may provide more detailed information about the Council's strategic goals for the City:

*Please note that the Economic Development Strategy (2013-18) is currently being refreshed to reflect a number of changes in the economy that have occurred since 2013.

Useful Resources

The Tasmanian State Government also produces a number of informative documents.

For information on a range of business and industry sectors please refer to the Tasmanian Department of State Growth website,

TASINVEST is a state government initiative to promote investment opportunities in Tasmania and can provide assistance such as expert advice into Tasmania's industry capabilities and strengths and links with potential joint venture partners.

There is also a wealth of information for those looking to start or grow their local businesses:

For current statistics on the tourism industry please refer to the Tourism Tasmania website, www.tourismtasmania.com.au.

The Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance publishes useful economic data releases including population projections and unemployment figures for Tasmania.

The Fair Work Ombudsman website, www.fairwork.gov.au, offers employees and employers free information and advice on pay, conditions, and workplace rights and obligations under the Commonwealth workplace system.

The Tasmanian State Government provides a network of business advisors and mentors to help small business owners reach their potential. This can be accessed through Enterprise Centres Tasmania.

Business and Employment in Hobart provides assistance, guidance and tools to help small businesses that have started their operation, or growing it or changing markets.  A short, free business diagnostic can help identify areas to improve on, followed potentially by low cost support that can be flexibly delivered – 1:1 consulting, mentoring, small group activity, workshops and if necessary specialist referrals where issues can be addressed in confidence.

Useful Links


Customer Service Centre

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

Postal address

Town Hall, Macquarie St
GPO Box 503
Hobart Tasmania 7001