Regional Business Profile
The City of Marion has a diverse economic base primarily centred around the Edwardstown industrial area and the Marion Hub which includes Westfield Shoppingtown, Flinders University and the Flinders Medical Centre.
Although there are a number of large organisations in the area, the economic base is predominantly made up of small businesses, including home-based businesses.
Building a dynamic economy is a central theme of the City of Marion Strategic Plan 2010-2020(3101 kb) with four guiding objectives:
- A supportive business environment
- A strong, adaptable and diversified economy
- Leading in envrionmental best practice
- Active business networks, alliances and a culture of collaboration.
Partnerships are the key to council's drive to build a diverse economy in the southern region.
By working with the neighbouring City of Onkaparinga, State Government, Federal Government, Flinders University and industry, the City of Marion has helped develop a regional economic development strategy, A New Economic Future. Consultation with a broad business base including advanced manufacturing, food, wine, tourism, environmental and professional services played an important role in developing this plan.
Marion's economy has a strong manufacturing base and an increasingly prominent services sector. Technology continues to impact on business operations, and the rate of change in work practices and market expectations are more rapid than ever before. At the same time there is an increased awareness of the need to consider environmental issues as an integral part of business operations.
Retail plays a large role in Marion, with Westfield Shoppingtown being the second largest regional shopping centre in Australia.
Westfield Marion consists of:
Other retail hubs within the City of Marion include:
The City of Marion has a large and long-established manufacturing base. The three largest sources of employment in the Council area, as at the last census in 2006, were manufacturing (24.2%), retail trade (24%) and health and community services (9.2%). This compares to South Australia as a whole where employment in these sectors was 14.8%, 14.7% and 11.6% respectively.
Home based business
Home based businesses are an important sector of the City of Marion business community.
If you are running an home-based business, there are a wide range of government requirements that may apply to you. Things to consider when running a small business from home include taxation, employment, council approval and licensing.
To find out what you need to know about setting up and running your home-based business, please explore the following links:
Business SA website links:
|Labour Force Status|
|Unemployment Rate (per cent)||5.2%|
|Participation Rate (per cent)||66.3%|
|15-19 Year Old Full-time Unemployment Rate (per cent)||27.1%|
Note: Unless otherwise stated, the regional labour market estimates presented above are three-month averages derived from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Labour Force Survey. These estimates are not adjusted to take account of seasonal and other variations and can exhibit irregular movements. They should therefore be used with caution.
For more details, visit the Labour Market Information Portal.