City of Karratha

Economic Development

The purpose of Economic Development is to build up the economic capacity of the City of Karratha to improve its economic future and the quality of life for all.

It is a process by which the City will liaise with the public, business, government and not-for-profit sector partners collectively, to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation.

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Click here for a copy of our Economic Development Brochure (1MB PDF)

Take Your Business Online Grant Scheme

The Take Your Business Online Grant Scheme provides City businesses financial assistance of up to $5,000 on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis to improve digital capacity and online marketing in order to increase competitiveness, innovation and efficiency of the enterprises’ operations, products and services.

The grant may contribute towards web design; social media presence; e-business; customer relationship management; development of apps or online marketing.

This is a competitive process and applicants must demonstrate how the project will improve their business and deliver benefit to the community.

For further eligibility requirements, guidelines and application form please download the following:

Closing Date for 2018/2019: 16th April 2018

Applications can be emailed to or for further information contact the Business Engagement Coordinator on 9186 8526.

2017 TYBO Grant recipients: 

Karratha International
Just You Beauty Salon
Connect Pediatric Therapy Services
Barefoot Creations
Bed Bath and Beauty
Karratha Glass
Pilbara Dive and Tours
Pilbara Physiotherapy
Zest E-Biz
Karratha Mechanical
Hunter Mechanical Karratha
The Blanche Bar
Troys Tyres 2 U

Please note there are local businesses that may be able to provide assistance with your project.

Small Business Friendly

The City of Karratha is committed to supporting our local small business community and is recognised as a 'Small Business Friendly' Local Government.
You can download our Small Business Charter here (177KB PDF).

If you would like to know more or have suggestions on how we can support local business even further, please contact our Business Engagement Coordinator on 9186 8526.

Business Development Grant Support Scheme

  • The Business Development Support Grant Scheme provides financial assistance to local support and advisory organisations who wish to deliver innovative business development projects that will result in economic benefits for Karratha. Business support organisations may be eligible to apply for up to $30,000 on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis for projects such as; training, workshops, expos, forums, briefings, conferences and surveys which are targeted at business development and investment.
  • For further eligibility requirements, guidelines and application form please download the following:

DE02 Business Development Grant Support Scheme Policy  (0.2 MB)

Business Development Grant Support Scheme Guidelines  (0.18 MB)

Business Development Grant Support Scheme Application   (0.2 MB)

Closing Date for 2018/2019: 11th May 2018.

Applications can be emailed to or for further information contact the Economic Development Team on 9186 8555.

Why is the City of Karratha involved in Economic Development?

The City of Karratha’s Strategic Community Plan (SCP) 2012-2022 outlines the future of our municipality and how we will work together towards building a sustainable, attractive, stable and liveable community.

One of the four core Strategic Themes of the SCP is Strategic Theme Two: Our Economy: Well Managed and Diversified

Key Goal: We will manage and maximise the benefits of growth in the region while diversifying our economic base.

Employment growth is vital for the City if it wants to achieve the aspirational population targets that are contained in the major strategies such as Pilbara Cities and Karratha City of the North. Employment growth will be facilitated by economic diversification and workforce development both of which the City needs to adopt a leadership position.

The City of Karratha’s Local Planning Strategy will guide the long term planning direction for the municipality whilst the City of Karratha Operational Economic Development Strategy 2014-2016 prioritises the programs and projects to stimulate jobs and diversification.

Click here for the City of Karratha Operational Economic Development Strategy 2014-2016 (PDF 5MB)

City of Karratha Economic Prospectus

The City of Karratha has developed the Economic Prospectus which contains a wealth of economic, demographic, community and infrastructure data about our municipality. The information will be very useful informing the preparation of feasibility studies, business cases, funding applications, investigating business opportunities or for prospective residents and/or businesses looking into relocating to Karratha.

Click here for the City for the Karratha Economic Prospectus (PDF 5MB)

Pilbara Freight Study

Studies by the City of Karratha and Pilbara Development Commission have found the establishment of a direct maritime freight link could halve the cost of transporting goods to Pilbara based businesses. The City of Karratha and the Pilbara Development Commission worked in collaboration to independently fund two separate but related studies on freight into the Pilbara.

Click here to view the City of Karratha Pilbara Freight Study (PDF 4.80MB)

Population Forecasts

The City of Karratha believes that access to quality, up-to-date demographic data is vitally important for all parties involved in planning for future development within the City. To this end, the City commissioned the development of the City of Karratha Population Forecasts website which is designed to inform Council and staff, community groups, investors, business, government agencies, students and the general public. Forecasts are available for each year from 2006 to 2031. 

Click here to access the population forecasts website

Economic Profile

The Economic Profile contains a range of economic data showcasing our economic performance and the size of the regional economy. It includes information such as gross regional product, workforce, major industries, employment/unemployment, businesses, household expenditure and building approvals.

Community Profile

The Community Profile is designed to inform community groups, investors, business, students and the general public about key demographic information. This includes population numbers, who people are, what they do, where they come from and other relevant information.

Community Atlas

The Community Atlas includes key socio-demographic characteristics for the City of Karratha presented as interactive maps. Based on data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing (Australian Bureau of Statistics), each map is prepared using Census Collector Districts providing the finest level of detail to help identify spatial patterns and trends in the area.

Business Licence Finder

This free to use Business Licence Finder from the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) can help you identify which licences, permits etc. you need when starting or operating your business, plus any codes of practice you may be required to comply with. Penalties may apply if you operate without them. For more information about staring your own small business contact our Business Engagement Coordinator on 9186 8526.