2024 Survey

Check back here soon for the results of the 2024 Central Highlands Business Survey.

We’ll also announce the business who’s won a professional photo shoot for completing the survey.

The results of the annual business survey help CHDC to identify opportunities to improve its service to the business community and target our messaging to government and other key agencies.

The survey gives insights into:

  • Business confidence in the Central Highlands economy
  • Overall business performance
  • Challenges businesses are currently facing
  • Opportunities for increased growth
2023 Survey Results
  • The 2023 survey registered significant gains in the overall performance, revenue, and customer indices compared to 2022, demonstrating the resilience of Central Highlands businesses in the face of challenging conditions.
  • Businesses are under increasing pressure due to escalating operating costs and a shortage of skilled labour.
  • Sentiment for the coming year is stable, with little change expected in overall performance and revenue. Encouragingly, growth is anticipated in customer and staffing levels.
  • Two thirds of local businesses have considered decarbonisation, with the majority (70%) focusing on energy optimisation. 


1 September 2023: Revenue has increased over the past 12 months but so too have costs for Central Highlands businesses.