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Business and economy

The Central Highlands is an area of continuous growth and diversity, presenting a wide range of opportunities to live, work, invest and play.

The Central Highlands Development Corporation is a non-profit, lead economic and tourism development agency for the Central Highlands region.

Visit their website for an economic profile of the region; a register of regional developments; information on major projects and opportunities; housing needs analysis and assessment; the commercial and industrial land audit and latest tenders on offer.

  • Economic development incentives framework

    The Economic Development Incentives Framework encourages economic development through the provision of incentive packages to suitable applicants across all industries.

    If you want to expand or change your business or start a new business that will stimulate the local economy, your project might be eligible for such incentives as a reduction in fees, a reduction in rates, a payment schedule for fees or joint marketing.

    An application for incentives is separate to your development application. To find out more download the guidelines and application form.

  • Regional economic profiling

    Central Highlands Development Corporation in partnership with Central Highlands Regional Council utilise the REMPLAN platform to provide access to detailed demographic, economic and community data with maps for industry sectors as well as population and employment forecasts.

    REMPLAN Economic Profile

  • Central Highlands Development Corporation

    Central Highlands Development Corporation is the lead economic and tourism development agency for the Central Highlands region.

    CHDC facilitates a wide range of projects and initiatives across the region and is proactive in providing relevant advice, statistical information, workshops and networks to support business, industry, government and community.

    As a not-for-profit organisation, CHDC is dedicated to:

    • Advocating for sustainable regional and economic growth
    • Proactively marketing and promoting the Central Highlands as a ‘region of choice’
    • Enhancing workforce development
    • Supporting business development, innovation and capacity
    • Supporting community organisations to develop skills and knowledgelogo


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