Why the Sutherland Shire is a great place to run a business

Are you thinking about starting or growing your business in the Sutherland Shire? 

The Sutherland Shire is a great place to live and work, with optimal lifestyle and location, growing business and economy, diverse key industries, a great range of infrastructure and facilities, and a variety of business support programs. Here’s a rundown of why the Sutherland Shire is the ideal place to run your business. 

Lifestyle and Location

The Sutherland Shire is known for its excellent location and laidback lifestyle, with more than 90 percent of residents recently rating the quality of life as good or excellent. In 2020 it was rated by IPSOS as the second most liveable city in Australia. 

The Sutherland Shire is a highly convenient location, being just 26 km from the Sydney CBD, 12 km from Sydney International and Domestic Airport, and 20 km from Port Botany. The area is also serviced by the T4 Illawarra train line, connecting Cronulla Beach or Waterfall to Sydney City and Bondi Junction. 

The area is surrounded by natural areas, with plenty of open space and public land, supporting a wide range of social infrastructure and facilities. 

Business and Economy

The top business industries in the Sutherland Shire are retail, health care, and construction. 

According to the 2020 local business survey, businesses say they are located in the Sutherland Shire due to its attractive lifestyle, close proximity to home, its established growth area, cost of space, and central location. 

The largest number of jobs in the Sutherland Shire are located in Miranda and Sutherland, followed by Caringbah Health Cluster and Cronulla Centre. 

In the year ending June 2021, Sutherland Shire’s Gross Regional Product was $12.49 billion, with construction being the fastest-growing industry, and Health Care and Social Assistance generating $1,090 million in 2020/2021. 

Key Industries

The key industries in the Sutherland Shire are:

  • Retail trade
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Professional scientific and technical services
  • Construction
  • Advanced manufacturing

Infrastructure and Facilities

The Sutherland Shire has accessible and well serviced industrial areas, in particular Kurnell. 

The industrial area of Kurnell locates large employers and significant infrastructure, including the Caltex fuel storage facility, Sydney Desalination Plant, and Dicker Data. 

The area provides for both special industries and population-serving support industries. 

The Sutherland Shire is also home to infrastructure with regional significance, such as the world-leading research organisation, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). 

Business Support Programs 

An added bonus of starting or growing your business in the Sutherland Shire is the wealth of support available for your business. These Business Support Programs are available to help you:

  • Australian Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solution
  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO)
  • Australian Taxation Office – small business help
  • Business Connect
  • Business.gov.au
  • Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Service NSW
  • NSW Small Business Commission (NSWSBC)
  • Realise Business

There are also a variety of business networking opportunities for you to engage with your business to promote its growth within the Sutherland Shire. 

If you are looking to take advantage of these benefits and grow a business within the Sutherland Shire, contact our team at Cooper Wilson today.

Cooper Wilson is the fastest-growing commercial real estate agency in Sydney’s southern suburbs, and we are here to help.


  1. https://cms.ssc.nsw.gov.au/Business/WHY-INVEST
  2. https://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/local-business/doing-business-in-sutherland-shire/invest-in-sutherland-shire
  3. https://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/local-business/business-grants-and-funding-programs
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