Inner West Council

Business Support

Why Do Business in Ashfield?

There is a compelling case for living and working in Ashfield:

Proximity to Sydney and Parramatta

Better known as the Inner West, the Ashfield local government area is part of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Sydney. Sydney, the largest city in Australia, consolidated its position and reputation as one of the world's foremost tourist attractions and business savvy locations by displaying a 'can do' attitude which saw the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games repeatedly referred to as the greatest games of all time.

Ashfield is only minutes from the Sydney Central Business District, Sydney International Airport and the world class port facilities of Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour. Ashfield has direct access to Sydney Harbour at Haberfield. This proximity to Sydney places the Sydney Opera House, National Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Darling Harbour and many other major attractions right on Ashfield's doorstep.

Sporting and recreational infrastructure abounds with the venues used during the 2000 Olympic Games being right next door in Homebush.

It is only twenty five (25) minutes in the opposite direction to Parramatta, a city in its own right, which is another large business and commercial centre.

Dynamic Cultural Diversity

Ashfield has always welcomed new Australians with open arms, starting with the initial influx of Italians and Greeks and more recently with the arrival of the Chinese, Indian and other Asian peoples.

Ashfield's economy is driven by the depth and diversity of its cultural mix. The suburb of Haberfield, famous for its rich Italian heritage, reflects this in its many cafes, restaurants, delicatessens, bakeries and patisseries just oozing that traditional Italian flair and flavour. The suburb of Ashfield brings the taste of Asia to the area with numerous eateries and grocery stores specialising in Chinese (in particular Shanghainese), Indian, Thai, Korean and Philippines cuisine and products.

Old World Charm

Ashfield is well known for heritage listed architecture which is scattered throughout the municipality. The Village of Summer Hill with its Town Square and Village Green exemplifies the old world charm of Ashfield as do parts of Croydon and Croydon Park.

Ideal for Professionals

For professionals seeking relief from the high costs of operating within the Sydney CBD, Ashfield offers a very attractive alternative. There is an abundance of reasonably priced office space and accommodation all of which is handy to public transport and major thoroughfares and again only minutes from Sydney and all that it has to offer.

An Entrepreneur's Goldmine

Opportunities abound for the entrepreneurial café or restaurant owner interested in catering for the eclectic tastes of Ashfield.

Well Priced

Ashfield is ideally placed for those back end operations of major corporations looking to minimise overheads without losing connectivity.

Access to Opportunity

Small and Home Based Businesses with a desire to draw upon the massive Sydney market should look no further than Ashfield. The suburbs of Ashfield, Haberfield, Summer Hill and Croydon/Croydon Park offer a huge range of home and office accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Easy access is provided by private and public transport and there is a wide range of primary and secondary schools to choose from.

Comprehensive information is available on this site under About Ashfield, FAQs, click here for  Ashfield Council Community Profile or Ashfield Council Community Atlas

Business Survey

Ashfield Council invites businesses to undertake a business survey. The aim of the survey is to measure business confidence levels within the Ashfield Local Government Area. The survey comprises of ten questions which have been developed with input from the local business chambers and the Business Enterprise Centre. Information gained from the survey will be used to prioritise business services that promote economic growth.

The questions are short and simple and take on average 2-3 minutes to complete, allowing for anonymous participation.

Businesses can undertake the survey online by clicking here.

The Business Survey is also available in PDF format here.  Contact Council’s Business Relations Coordinator on 9716 1871 or, for more information.

SmallBiz website and Small Business Tool Kit

Is a NSW Government funded program that specializes in small business. The website provides up-to-date information, news, events, interactive resources and planning tools to help entrepreneurs and managers start a business. Sign up for their newsletter or attend one of hundreds of workshops, seminars, forums and other events organized by both government and non-government business service providers.  To access the website click here.

The website is an online government resource for the Australian business community. By using businesses are able to comply with government requirements more simply and conveniently.

The website provides a wide range of services and information about start-up, taxation, licensing and legislation, as well as significant transactions such as ABN Lookup, taxation compliance and licence applications. To access the website click here.