Hurstville City Council recognises the economic, social and environmental contributions made by home-based businesses in Hurstville City. Home-based business now represents a significant proportion of the small business sector. Around 67 per cent of all small businesses were home based in June 2004, providing an income for more than 1 million people in Australia.
The home-based business sector is expected to grow, due to the development of new information and communication technology which makes working from home easier, and a cultural change in the way people are choosing to balance work and home life commitments.
In Hurstville City it is estimated that there are more than 4115 home-based businesses in operation. They are becoming an important driver of the local economy, because they utilise local goods and services and provide employment opportunities.
Council supports this growth sector by providing information and professional development opportunities for the local business community.
Council's Requirements for Operating a Home Based Business brochure includes information for the community on establishing and operating a home-based business in Hurstville City.