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We aspire to create a vibrant economy in which our local businesses thrive. We encourage you to shop local.

Council supports a range of programs and services to support new, emerging and established local businesses.

Woollahra Council announces further relief for local small businesses impacted by COVID-19

We've extended a range of relief measures for local small businesses to help ease the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19.

Small Business News

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Small Business Month

October is Small Business Month

Visit our Small Business Month page for information on the initiatives we are running in October including:

COVID-19 support for small businesses

The current Public Health Order (1 July 2020) stipulates that cafes and restaurants are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The plan will detail how each business will keep customers and workers safe.

The plan must be available for inspection by an authorised officer as requested.

Safety plans

COVID-19 Safety Plan template (this should be completed in consultation with your staff).

Council’s Food and Health Officer is available to assist you with your plan. Call us on 9391 7000 or email

All COVID safety plans can be accessed from the NSW Government Covid-19 website. More information about safety plans for restaurants and cafes (including access to translated versions) is also available.

Register of all staff, contractors and dine in customers

It is a requirement that a register of all visitors (dine in customers, staff and contractors) to the premise be maintained for at least 4 weeks. Please visit the customer record keeping and QR codes webpage for further information.

Food service training COVID-19 Awareness

The NSW Food Authority has partnered with NSW Health to develop COVID-19 awareness for food service training.

It is a FREE voluntary online training course to support food businesses in providing a COVID safe environment.

The course includes key advice, links to relevant resources and has a quiz at the end. An acknowledgement certificate is generated on completion of the course.

The COVID-19 awareness for food service training course aims to provide useful information to help food businesses understand the changes that have come into effect and what they need to do.

Resources to assist your Business

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Information for staff

Placemaking Grants

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Second round 2020/21 Woollahra Placemaking Grants now open for applications

Council's Placemaking Grants program is about supporting local business to enhance the experience of visitors to our shopping and commercial areas and contribute to them being vital public destinations.

The Placemaking Grants program is open for all of our shopping and commercial areas. The second round of the 2020/21 Placemaking Grants program is offering funding of up to $3,500.

Applications open: Thursday 1 October 2020
Applications close: Saturday 31 October 2020
Winners announced: November 2020

Read more about Placemaking Grants

Supporting small business

Tag @woollahracouncil in your social media posts supporting local businesses. We can help share the love.

Many local small business owners work from home and there are a wide range of public and private resources for businesses and start-ups to use as they grow and expand their network.

We suggest local small businesses make contact with the local chamber of commerce:

The NSW Government’s NSW Small Business Strategy 2020 Discussion Paper includes many additional resources for supporting small businesses along with other relevant information.

Our libraries offer a range of workshops and seminars that are business and marketing related. Register for the Library's enewsletters and Council’s enewsletter so you don’t miss a thing.

Your business may be eligible for a placemaking or council grant – for more information visit our grants page.

Find out how we are helping local small businesses.

The NSW Government has announced small business grants of up to $10,000. Grants will open in mid-April and close 1 June. Contact Service NSW on 13 77 88 for grant information and other business support from the State Government.

Visit Businesses and employment for more support and financial relief announcements from the NSW Government.

The Australian Government has also announced a range of business support measures in response to COVID-19.

The NSW Government has launched the online COVID Safe Check for local businesses and organisations to check, test and promote their COVID Safe credentials. Show your commitment to COVID Safety and keeping our community safe. Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan and register as a COVID Safe business.

Rates payments

If you are concerned about not being able to pay your next rate instalment at the end of May due to financial difficulties, don't be. Just email us when you receive your rate notice and we can discuss a payment plan that suits your circumstances which may include waiving overdue interest charges for the instalment.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay your rates, find out more about our Financial Hardship policy and how we may be able to assist.

Easy to do Business - support for cafes, small bars and restaurants

Council has teamed up with Service NSW and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to launch Easy to do Business – a great support for anyone wanting to open a cafĂ©, small bar or restaurant in Woollahra!

Through one online portal you will receive step-by-step guidance and support across local, state and federal government requirements to open and grow your business. The service is free and gives you peace of mind by letting you know upfront the time, fees and effort involved.

Visit the Easy to do Business website or call 13 77 88.

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Mandalay Flowers, Double Bay

Business Connect - start or grow your business

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides advice, training and events to help you start or grow your business.

Find a Business Connect advisor to access practical, highly subsidised business advice from an accredited advisor who will come to you.

Find a Business Connect event to get skills and training to improve your business.

Whether you are starting a business or looking to expand and grow, the services from Business Connect can help you on your journey to business success.

Visit the Business Connect website for more information.

Women in Business - fully subsidised online program

Women in Business is a NSW Government and TAFE NSW initiative that offers a fully subsidised online program for women who are looking to establish a micro business, a small business, or who are already operating a business.

You'll hear from some of Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs sharing their own business experiences, while also accessing information about upcoming events and services available to assist in setting up and growing your business.

Visit the Women in Business website for more information and to check eligibility.

Information guides

Council is producing information guides to help answer common questions about starting a business within the Municipality.

Shopping precincts

There are many unique shopping precincts throughout Woollahra. From thriving villages to the largest commercial centre in the Eastern Suburbs, there is something for everyone.

View all shopping precincts

New Business Assistance with New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

New Business Assistance with NEIS helps eligible individuals setup and run their own small business.

NEIS can help them create a business plan, provide them with accredited training in small business, and business advice and mentoring for the first 12 months. All of the training at Sydney Business is at NO COST, and they will also provide them with access to training materials.

Sydney Business is an approved NEIS provider with specialist trainers, advisors and mentors who ensure that your business has the very best chance of success. Sydney Business services the whole Sydney metropolitan area including Central Coast and the Nepean region.

This opportunity is open to everyone, people curious about business, looking for guidance with their business idea, those that are not in employment and those seeking education or training.


Enjoy fresh produce and gourmet delights at the Double Bay Organic Food Markets. The markets are held 9am to 2pm every Thursday in Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay.

The Paddington Markets, established in 1973, are held on Oxford Street every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Business support networks

  • Sydney East Business Chamber
    Sydney East Business Chamber is a a non-for-profit organisation that supports, promotes and champions local businesses, activates places and attracts people to our district.
  • Visit Paddington
    Visit Paddington is a marketing initiative of the Paddington Business Partnership. The Partnership works to support, educate and facilitate a healthy, vibrant business community with an emphasis on placemaking for the betterment of Paddington.
  • Double Bay Networking Group
    The Double Bay Networking Group is a not for profit organisation aiming to strengthen the local businesses of Double Bay through regular structured networking meetings.

Further business support