Business services

We drive economic growth, offer free business advice and support major developments in the City of PAE. Keep reading to explore business opportunities, to stay informed via the PAE business newsletter and to access networks, grants and tenders.

We support businesses of all shapes and sizes

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield has a strong employment base that supports over 82,000 jobs across more than 11,000 businesses.

We increase business and employment opportunities in our area by creating a thriving, competitive and sustainable business and tourism environment that adds value to the community. Our City Vision 2024–34 focuses on diversifying the economy and supporting and recognising business initiatives that create local employment.

We build strong and effective linkages between the community, local businesses, and education and training providers.

Local insights

  • Gross Regional Product: $10.90 billion
  • Population: 135,844
  • Employed residents: 68,263
  • Local jobs: 82,487
  • Local businesses: 11,111
  • Largest industry by employment: Manufacturing

Our economic profile

The City of PAE economic profile highlights our strengths and shows you what opportunities there are for development. This information comes from official sources, including the Australian Bureau of Statistics and leading economic modeller NIEIR.

How we support businesses

Our Economic Development team members are here to help you set up a new business, grow your business or bring an existing business to the City of PAE. You can call our Business Advisors on 8405 6600 to access a free, confidential service that includes advice on:

  • Starting and growing your business
  • Meeting industry compliance requirements
  • Hiring and managing staff, including accessing job subsidies
  • Seeking assistance with leasing, relocation, and financial hardship
  • Attending local business training seminars and workshops to help you upskill
  • Getting leads and customers
  • Improving your marketing

Working closely with the local business community, our Economic Development team can give you:

  • Access to supply chain networks and business resources
  • Mentoring with industry professionals from the Adelaide Business Hub
  • Referrals to professionals such as accountants, lawyers, trademark attorneys, insurance brokers, digital marketers and HR advisors
  • Connections to the right City of PAE information and staff

We can also help you access grants, subsidies and other government assistance, including from the City of PAE.

New developments in the City of PAE

With high confidence in our local economy, businesses are investing strongly in commercial and housing developments.

Fletcher’s Slip – Cedar Woods
  • Harbourside and waterfront living between Port Adelaide and Semaphore Beach
  • 500 two- and three-bedroom townhouses and apartments
  • Waterfront apartments
Dock 1 – Kite Projects
  • Waterside living in Port Adelaide
  • 750 townhouses and apartments
  • Retro boutique hotel
  • Promenade reserves and park links
Fort Largs – Peet
  • Apartments and land in Largs Bay
  • Beachfront, ocean view, park view and heritage homes
  • Beachside estate offering 335 dwellings
Blair Athol Redevelopment – South Australian Housing Authority  (SAHA)
  • Urban renewal of old SAHA stock to include redevelopment of over 200 allotments
  • Estimated $23.5 million investment
Oakden Redevelopment – Villawood Properties/Renewal SA 
  • Master-planned development north of Oakden on over 52ha of land
  • Around 1,500 homes and a Residents’ Club, retail and commercial facilities and 8ha of open space
  • Development will take approximately 10 years to construct and the Residents’ Club is anticipated to be completed in early 2026

Industry groups and associations

Adelaide Business Hub

The City of PAE partners with the Adelaide Business Hub to provide low-cost support, training, workshops, resources and advice for businesses in our area. The hub is on Todd Street, Port Adelaide, which is also home to the Federal Government's Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) project that can deliver a digital solutions program for your business.

Why join an industry group?

Join an industry group to get networking opportunities, as well as to have access to knowledge and resources, professional development, advocacy support and enhanced credibility. You’ll position your business for growth, collaboration and long-term success.

There are plenty of groups and associations, so if you need help connecting with one that covers your industry, speak to a Business Advisor on 8405 6600.

To get you started, three of the major industry groups are:

In addition to industry groups, the Australian Government Business website offers a comprehensive list of webinars, events and training that are available to business owners either free or at low cost.

Tenders and contracts

Planning to supply goods or services to governments?

The City of PAE, along with state and federal governments, uses the VendorPanel eProcurement platform for purchases and procurement. The platform offers suppliers a quick and easy way to submit quotes and proposals.

Sign up to receive the City of PAE business newsletter

PAE Business is an email newsletter we send every three months that gives you the information you need to successfully run your business. Read the latest newsletter here.