Start and grow your business

The City of Charles Sturt is a great place to start your business. Our team is here to help make your journey as easy as possible, with a range of support services and networking events.

We have grant and funding opportunities to support emerging and established businesses. Check out our business grants and funding to give your business ideas a boost.

The Consumer and Business Services offer business planning tools and information for starting a business.

Australian Business License and Information Service (ABLIS) is an easy licensing guide for all business types.

You will also need to:

You may also be able to apply for funding help through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

Your business may require a permit or licence before you can begin. Search our forms and permits or contact us on 8408 1111 if you need help.

You may like to browse our local policies for further information about conducting business  in the City of Charles Sturt.

Your business may require Development Approval before you can begin. Learn more about development and planning and building in the City of Charles Sturt.

The South Australian Investment GeoHub has all the key information you need on:

  • land management and availability
  • infrastructure, utilities and facilities like water, electricity, gas, network connections, heavy truck routes and waste disposal sites
  • local products and services suppliers
  • economic insights like population growth, employment rates, household income, house sales prices

A co-working space is a smart, low-cost option for building your business idea while working alongside like-minded people.

Did you know that the City of Charles Sturt is a Small Business Friendly Council? We've agreed to support initiatives that support small businesses in our City. Learn more about the Small Business Commissioner.

We created Western Business Leaders (WBL) group to build the economic capacity of our region.

WBL memberships are open to any business based in or with a vested interest in the economic development of Western Adelaide.

A WBL membership gives you connections to:

  • business leaders across western Adelaide
  • business advice, support and mentoring
  • professional development and networking
  • funding and grant opportunities
  • intelligence on industry, market outlook, major investments and developments
  • key players in government and industry
  • collaborative opportunities across supply chain and sector initiatives
  • key contacts within Western Adelaide Councils.

You can learn more about WBL and apply for Western Business Leaders membership.

If you're setting up a home-based business, there are different regulations within the City of Charles Sturt.

Learn more about setting up a home-based food business.