Regional Opportunities

Map of regional NSW

Central Coast Central Coast
Central West and Orana Central West and Orana
Far West Far West
Hunter Hunter
Illawarra Illawarra
Murray-Murrumbidgee Riverina-Murray
New England-North West New England - North West
North Coast North Coast
South East and Tablelands South East and Tablelands
Metropolitan Sydney Metropolitan Sydney
Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory

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.

Regional Opportunities

  1. Central Coast of NSW

    Central Coast

    Located about an hour from Sydney and Newcastle the Central Coast offers a coastal lifestyle. Key industries include manufacturing, retail, accommodation and food services.

  2. Central West and Orana

    Located in the heart of NSW, the Central West and Orana are rich in natural resources. Key industries are agriculture and mining, with a growing visitor economy.

  3. Far West

    Bordering Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, the Far West has a long-established mining industry. Agriculture is a key economic driver.

  4. Hunter

    The Hunter is the largest regional economy with diverse lifestyle and economic opportunities. Key industries include coal mining, energy, bulk shipping, wine and equine.

  5. Illawarra

    Illawarra is one hour south of Sydney, and home to the trade hub of Port Kembla. The economy is diversifying from steel and coal into ICT, education, defence and aviation.

  6. Riverina-Murray

    The Murray-Murrumbidgee region includes the Murray, Riverina and Murrumbidgee areas and is one of Australia's main food producing regions.

  7. New England-North West

    New England-North West is home to a diverse agricultural sector, emerging mining industry and strong service sectors.

  8. North Coast

    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.

  9. South East and Tablelands

    The South East and Tablelands borders Sydney, the ACT and Victoria. It has diverse key industries including agriculture, manufacturing and human services.

  10. Mining equipment, Cobar in the evening light - outback Australia

    Regional Development Framework

    The Regional Development Framework provides a scaffold for better coordination, decision making and effort in the regions.

  11. People hiking

    Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund

    The Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund aims to increase tourism by investing in regional environment and tourism infrastructure.

  12. Tony Worland owner, in front of Tonic Restaurant in Millthrope

    Regional Growth – Marketing and Promotion Fund

    The Regional Growth – Marketing and Promotion Fund will promote the benefits for businesses, investors and skilled workers looking to set up, invest or move to regional NSW.

  13. Farmer on laptop in field

    Future Towns Program

    The Future Towns Program will support up to 20 regional towns to help their small businesses become digital ready and look at ways to create business success.