Small Business

The Shire of Esperance is committed to supporting local businesses in Esperance and encourages all existing and potential business owners and investors to contact the Shire or representative agencies for access to a wide range of resources or answers to specific queries. The Shire of Esperance has signed the Small Business Friendly Local Governments Charter. The Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative recognises local governments who are committed to working with and supporting local small businesses.

Family Day Care

There are fantastic opportunities to start a family day care in Esperance. A family day care provides a home care space for up to seven children in a residential dwelling.

To become a family day care provider you need to register with Family Day Care WA, and get health and planning approval from the Shire.

If you live in a house, you could potentially provide family day care!

If you are interested but not sure where to start, read our information sheet, or give the Business Support Team a call on 9083 1799 or email

Esperance is a great place to live, work and play.

Family Day Care Information Sheet

Statutory Services

This Shire department can offer you assistance when looking at commencing a new business or investment opportunity. Ranging from ensuring the proposed activity is permitted under Local Planning Schemes through to approving premises for commercial activities. It is a great place to start your journey when looking at opening a new business in Esperance. Would you like more information on how the Shire can help you? Do you have an idea or suggestion on how we can improve services to small businesses?  Don't hesitate to contact Shire Staff via email on or call on 9071 0666.

Building and Planning information for the Shire can be found on this website or alternatively call to speak to a friendly staff member on 9071 0666 or call in to the Shire Administration Building.

Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) is a not-for-profit organisation, working as the voice for private enterprise in Esperance.  Their Mission is to help cultivate an environment in the Esperance Region where businesses, new or existing, can thrive.

As the peak representative body of the Esperance business community, the Chamber lobbies on behalf of members to ensure that the business community in Esperance has a strong and respected voice. The Chamber works collaboratively with organisations, aiming to advance the need of the business community in Esperance. 

Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission

The aim of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) is to make the region an even greater place to live, work and invest and the GEDC works with business, industry, the community and government to achieve this goal.

The GEDC maintains up to date Economic and Community profiles on the Shire and the Goldfields Esperance region. Advice on investment, funding opportunities and advocacy at a State Government level are some of the tasks undertaken by the local GEDC office.

Small Business Development Commission

If you own or are looking at setting up a new business the Small Business Development Commission has a diverse range of material that can assist you on your way. The Commission offers free advice for small businesses, runs workshops and has a significant amount of helpful information and templates on the website.