Metropolitan Sydney and Australian Capital Territory not included in Regional NSW
Regional New South Wales offers a wide range of opportunities for people thinking of investing, moving a business or starting a new enterprise.
Regional NSW is the largest and most diverse regional economy in Australia. The region has large agriculture and mining sectors as it is rich in natural resources. It also has strong manufacturing, energy, visitor economy and services sectors.
It is home to about 2.7 million people, representing 40% of the NSW population and contributes around a third of the Gross State Product.
Economic Development Strategy for Regional NSW
Recognising the important contribution of regional NSW to the State's economy, the NSW Government has developed an Economic Development Strategy for Regional NSW to deliver a dynamic and globally competitive regional economy and to drive long term economic growth.
Located about an hour from Sydney and Newcastle and with 80km of scenic coastline, the Central Coast offers a coastal lifestyle, a strategic position for business logistic operations and a mobile workforce. Key industries include manufacturing, retail, accommodation and food services.
Central West and Orana
Located in the heart of NSW, the Central West and Orana are rich in natural resources. Key sectors include agriculture and mining. There is also a large food and beverage manufacturing sector, strong service sectors and a growing visitor economy.
Bordering Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, the long-established mining industry anchors the Far West. The agriculture sector is also a key economic driver of output and employment in the region, as the industry expands beyond traditional wool production.
The Hunter is the largest regional economy and offers diverse lifestyle and economic opportunities. Key sectors include coal mining, energy, bulk shipping, wine and the equine industry.
Illawarra region is one hour south of Sydney, and home to the trade hub of Port Kembla. The Illawarra economy is diversifying from steel and coal into ICT, education, defence and aviation.
The Murray-Murrumbidgee region includes the Murray, Riverina and Murrumbidgee areas and is one of Australia's main food producing regions.
New England-North West
New England-North West is home to a diverse agricultural sector, emerging mining industry and strong service sectors.
The North Coast is a popular tourist destination with a visitor economy worth $2.4 billion and also benefits from the diversity of its industries.
South East and Tablelands
The South East and Tablelands borders Sydney, the ACT and Victoria. The local economy has diverse industries including agriculture, manufacturing and human services. The region has experienced relatively high economic growth from 2006-2013.
Regional Development Framework