Help for businesses

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The Tweed is a great place to do business.

Business investment policy

Included within Council's Business Investment Policy(PDF, 398KB) are offers about a range of discounts and payment options to business for infrastructure charges which may result from development applications.

The range of incentives has been developed to suite many different business sizes.

Your business may be eligible to receive staged payments of water and sewer headworks charges (s64 Developer Contribution Charges), staged payments of Tweed Roads Contribution Plan (s94 Developer Contribution Charges) and concessions. Find out more about developer charges.

Procurement policy

Council recognises the positive economic impact on the local economy through increased use of local suppliers.

Our procurement policy(PDF, 170KB) identifies a preference for local goods and suppliers.

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Chambers of Commerce

The Tweed has 3 business chambers:

Also see:

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In good company

In Good Company is a Northern Rivers project to support businesses in the region. 

Read local business stories, connect to other business owners and find opportunities to collaborate.

Business gateway

There are more than 6600 businesses in the Tweed. Approximately 90% of businesses are small business with less than five employees.

Council actively supports small business through a range of initiatives and policies and is proud to be 'Small Business Friendly' as part of the state-wide initiative, The Small Business Friendly Councils Program.

We have a regulatory role for small business in the granting of development approvals, conducting inspections to ensure compliance with legislative standards and issuing some licences and permits. There are 3 areas in Council that may regulate different aspects of your business:

  • Development Assessment team for Development Applications, including Change of Use applications
  • Building team for Complying Development Certificates and Construction Certificates
  • Environmental Health team for all public health and safety compliance including food safety inspections.

Contact our Economic Development team for advice about starting a business on 02 6670 2581 or business@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Small business friendly Councils program

small-business-griendly-councils.png The NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) has partnered with the NSW Business Chamber to develop a ground-breaking Small Business Friendly Councils Program to increase the number of councils working proactively with small businesses.

The OSBC and NSW Business Chamber want to improve the overall business climate for small businesses in NSW and raise awareness of the difference local government can make by better engaging with small business.

Councils who sign up to the Program commit to a Charter which sets out a number of benchmarks councils must agree to meet to foster and support small businesses in their area. Since the launch of the Program in September 2014, participating councils across NSW have begun to introduce innovative and inspiring initiatives and programs to support small business.

What's new for small business? Webinar

What's New for Small Business? is an interagency webinar by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission , Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Fair Work Ombudsman and Australian Taxation Office, facilitated by Business Enterprise Centres Australia. Topics discussed include: new laws that protect small business; red tape reduction and federal budget measures; and new online tools and digital services.