Community and Economic Resilience Support

The City of Newcastle developed a comprehensive community and economic support package designed to help locals through the unprecedented effects of COVID-19.

The package saw $5.5 million invested and included interest free payment plans for rates, rent reductions on council-owned buildings, free online training packages, and community grants programs to support our vulnerable and emerging at-risk community members.

The Hunter Research Foundation Centre was commissioned to evaluate the City of Newcastle's Community and Economic Resilience Package. Their report was completed in March 2021. View the complete Hunter Research Foundation Centre Community and Economic Resilience Package Final Report (PDF).

Support is still available

New Skills

We are offering a range of training programs to support local jobs, grow local business and encourage emerging industries. Find out more about the New Skills program.

Community support

We have partnered with My Community Directory to deliver and promote an online Community Directory for our region.

Anyone in the Newcastle area or who has an interest in the area can access the site for FREE. Use it to connect with community groups, services and facilities across Newcastle and surrounds.

Business support

Find programs and workshops that could help your business on the NewiHub.

Expanded Online Library

Read more about the local online training programs available.