Wollongong, where business and lifestyle grow together

Thousands of businesses have chosen Wollongong – it’s the perfect place for your business to thrive, with a vibrant coastal lifestyle.

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Wollongong: The alternative CBD location

Wollongong CBD is the perfect location to consider for your business to establish a new HQ, set-up a satellite office or a remote work hub to accommodate flexible work options.

Wollongong can:

  • Fuel your business growth and innovation with access to a vibrant, supportive business environment.
  • Strategically position you for success, just one-hour from Sydney international Airport.
  • Give you access to a large and diverse talent pool from networks that nurture skill and entrepreneurship.
  • Provide you entry to the world-class University of Wollongong.
  • Deliver a staff turnover rate less than half of the national average.
  • Offer an unmatched quality of life and work-life balance.
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Join leading brands in Wollongong

Wollongong is home to both well-established national and international brands as well as new and scaling tech companies and start-ups. Hear more from business leaders about why they love the city: for business and for life.

Tech talent time: Scalapay in Wollongong

From Milan to Wollongong, there’s no boundaries to where you can operate a business and service customers, if buy now, pay later start-up ‘unicorn’ Scalapay’s experience is any measure. Why would a company like Scalapay establish its tech operation here? There’s two key reasons: world-class talent and connection with the University of Wollongong.


Case study: Hysata

Wollongong is home to new ground-breaking technology that is leading the charge to a cleaner, greener energy future for the world. One core ingredient needed to reach this goal is the ability to create cost-competitive renewable hydrogen, and IMB Bank Business Illawarra Award winner Hysata is revolutionising the economics of green hydrogen by commercialising a high-efficiency electrolyser developed at the University of Wollongong that will deliver the world’s lowest cost green hydrogen.


Case study: Accelo

Wollongong is a city with a track record of helping startup businesses to scale, particularly in tech. Accelo is one of those companies: It began in Wollongong and now has offices and clients around the globe. For its US-born co-founder, Christine Higgins, the supportive community in Wollongong sealed the deal for her to make Australia home.


Case study: Easy Agile

Nicholas Muldoon and Dave Elkan, founders of Easy Agile, were looking for the right place to start a business and raise their family when they came across Wollongong. Beginning their startup journey at iAccelerate – Wollongong’s own entrepreneurial hub – they’ve been able to scale the business here to service hundreds of enterprises around the globe.


Think you know Wollongong,
think again

Wollongong is a city transformed offering an alternative CBD location. See why.

How can Wollongong help you?

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Vast talent pool

Wollongong has access to a vast talent pool, including 700k+ potential workers who live within an hour commute of Wollongong CBD. The University of Wollongong and our local TAFE network produce a strong graduate pool to help you cultivate success with home-grown talent.

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Cost effective

Compared to Australia’s other business hubs, office space is affordable, and staff turnover rates are much lower. In fact, Wollongong is up to 33% more cost effective than Sydney or Melbourne.

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Go global

More than 10,000 businesses call Wollongong home including NEC and Mercer. Wollongong is also home to a strong global tech sector including businesses such as Easy Agile, Accelo, FinoComp and Scalapay.

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Start up or scale up

Wollongong has emerged as a thriving hub attracting entrepreneurs and innovators. UOW’s business incubator, iAccelerate has supported 300+ start-ups and scaleups, delivered 1,000+ new jobs and helped inject $110.2M into the economy since 2016.

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Tap into local networks

Join forces with Wollongong’s flourishing business community and gain access to a wealth of opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing and professional growth, allowing your business to thrive amongst like-minded industry leaders and experts.

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Real work-life balance

Establish your HQ surrounded by Wollongong’s stunning coastal landscape with 17 patrolled beaches and the Illawarra escarpment offering employee wellness, work-life balance, shorter commutes, and a vibrant cultural scene.

See our city’s transformation

Want to find more? Download the 2024 Wollongong Investment Prospectus.

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