Business Hunter strives to make the Hunter a better place to live, work and do business.

We advocate for public and private investment that promotes the economic growth and diversification of the region and policies that support businesses to grow, prosper and create jobs.

We engage with decision makers and policy influencers at local, state and federal government levels to highlight the priorities and needs of business and industry in the Hunter. We are the go-to organisation for government leaders and journalists seeking feedback, analysis or comment on regional business issues.

Business Hunter works with the expert Policy and Advocacy team at Business NSW to amplify our voice and maximise our impact.

Business Hunter and Business NSW have been speaking up for business since the 1800s. Together, we are recognised as a trusted advisor and the leading voice on key issues affecting business.


We talk to our members, then we ensure their views are heard by politicians and policy makers.

We listen – we conduct surveys, speak to members and convene meetings, forums and roundtables.

We respond – we write submissions, reports and letters and meet face-to-face with political leaders and government agencies.

We campaign  we use news and social media to make the community, business owners and government aware of issues.


Business Hunter has a strong focus on identifying new opportunities for growth and investment in the region and advocating for government and private sector support to facilitate them. 

In recent times, we have championed regionally significant projects and issues such as:

  • redevelopment of the John Hunter Hospital precinct
  • expansion of Newcastle Airport and Code E runway upgrade
  • Williamtown Special Activation Precinct
  • diversification of the Port of Newcastle
  • a faster rail link with Sydney
  • energy security and affordability for industry
  • government action to address skills shortages
  • Newcastle CBD revitalisation
  • establishment of the Committee for the Hunter
  • launch of the Hunter Defence Taskforce
  • completion of strategic road connections including the M1 link to Raymond Terrace, Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Muswellbrook and Singleton Bypasses.

We campaign for policies that reduce operating costs and red tape to allow owners and operators to put more time and money into growing their business. We advocate on issues including business taxation, workforce skills, workplace health and safety and workplace relations.

Your friends at Business Hunter


We love to hear from our members, the media and business owners in the area.

Phone: (02) 9466 4665 or email: info@businesshunter.com