1. Overview
2. Alexandrina Council and Business 
3. Alexandrina Economic Profile
4. Useful Links

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  • Alexandrina Council's Gross Regional Product was $900m as of the 30th June 2015 representing 0.96% of Gross State Product.
  • There were 7,459 jobs located in the Alexandrina Council in the year ending June 2015.
  • 1,994 businesses on the business register in June 2015.

The Alexandrina Council area is a rural and rural-residential area, with growing township and holiday areas. The Council area encompasses a total land area of approximately 1,800 square kilometres.

The Alexandrina economy has had average annual growth of 2.5% since 2005-06, contributing $900 million to Gross State Product (GSP) in 2014-2015, representing 0.96% of total GSP.

The economy is strongly reliant on agriculture, forestry and fishing which is the largest industry contributing to 13.7% of total employment. Tourism is a key industry for micro and small business, but is highly seasonal.

The construction industry while robust, has had challenges with fast growth pre-GFC and slowing growth post-GFC. However, with population growth maintained in some form over the past ten years, the services sector is growing well and offers future opportunities to attract renewed Federal, State and industry attention to how services are delivered and accessed

  • Of the 6,126 people who work in Alexandrina Council, 4,464 or 72.9% also live in the area.
  • 2,411 people or 24.3% of Alexandrina Council's local labour force have a tertiary qualification.
  • In Alexandrina Council 27% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2011.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011


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Alexandrina Council Community Profile enables you to analyse the population characteristics of your community, understand how they have changed over time and how they compare to other areas.


 Alexandrina Council population forecasts outline the drivers of population change and forecasts how population, age structure and household types will change across the LGA over the period 2006 to 2036. This data is presented in easy to use tables, charts and commentary and is designed to inform Community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public.

Free demonstrations of Alexandrina Forecast.ID are available on request. Contact Council on 8555 7000 or

Alexandrina Council and Business

Alexandrina Council and its region is ‘open for business’. Growth in Alexandrina’s economy will deliver an improved standard of living to its communities and will be driven by continuing enhancements in productivity and innovation.

The opportunities provided by the unique characteristics of Alexandrina’s towns, the environment, our history, our quality produce and the skills and experience of our labour force, will attract businesses and investment to Alexandrina.

Alexandrina will retain its distinctive identity, will be well-connected to the surrounding region and will be the location of choice for new business and investment.

Council has a 2016-22 Economic Development Strategy to guide its work in supporting the economic development of Alexandrina. Further information about the Strategy can be found here.

If you are a business, there are some key areas of Council business that you may need to engage with:

Planning and Development – Have you thought about whether you need a Development Approval for the business that you are about to commence? If not please visit our Planning and Development page to found out more about change of use applications or the construction of a new building.

Environmental Health
Businesses are included under public health legislation and may need to engage with our environmental health staff on issues like wastewater, food safety and trade waste. Further information can be found at the Environmental Health pages.

By-Laws and Policies
Businesses may need to be mindful of relevant Council By-Laws or Policies such as the Moveable Signs By-Law, the Local Government Land By-Law or policies such as the Signs, Banners and Flags Policy.

Infrastructure and Engineering Services
Council is often undertaking infrastructure and engineering projects in the Alexandrina region. Sometimes these may affect streets that pass businesses. Further information about infrastructure projects can be found at:

Tourism and Events
Tourism is a key industry for Alexandrina. It is supported through the operation of Visitor Information Centres at Goolwa and Strathalbyn, social media pages for each town and events support via annual grants. Further information about Tourism can be found at:

The National Broadband Network is in the Alexandrina region. Further information can be found at:

Available Council tenders are lodged through Tenders SA and information can be found at:


Alexandrina Council Economic Profile

Council's economic profile presents economic information that enables you to describe the area's role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area's strengths. The information presented here is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia's leading economic modellers, NIEIR. The latest data from each series is always presented in this site.

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