South East and Tablelands

The South East and Tablelands is one of the most geographically diverse regions in NSW. It stretches from Wingecarribee in the north, to Bega and the Snowy River regions in the south, and Young to the west. Sharing borders with Sydney, the ACT and Victoria, the region is home to rural, coastal and urban areas that include the visitor and economic hubs of Bega, Bowral, Goulburn, Yass, Queanbeyan, Batemans Bay, Moruya and the Port of Eden. The South East and Tablelands region is renowned for its quality produce and stable and diverse economy. The region contains pristine coastline, marine environments and well known national parks, including the popular Kosciusko National Park and Australia's largest ski fields.

With no single sector comprising more than 10% of Gross Regional Product (GRP), the region's top five industries contribute around 37% to the region's economy (based on GRP). They also account for over half the region's employment. While the region enjoys a reputation for exceptional quality viticulture and agricultural produce, it is also home to a significant manufacturing sector.

This diversity supports the region's resilience to economic shocks and enhances its responsiveness to opportunity.

The services sector accounts for over 70% of the region's employment and about 50% of regional output. With higher than average population growth forecast in the region over the next 20 years (around 310,000 by 2031), the expansion of industries servicing the local population, such as Health Care and Social Assistance, is expected to continue.

Proximity to the nation's capital provides additional employment and educational opportunities, particularly in Public Administration and Safety. It also provides access to major social and economic infrastructure, including Canberra's international airport. The visitor economy benefits from the large number of people visiting from the ACT and Sydney each year.

Labour participation rates are higher and unemployment rates generally lower than Regional NSW averages. A higher proportion of workers have tertiary qualifications (57.2%) than the regional average (53.7%).

In 2013, the South East and Tablelands region contributed $10.2 billion to GRP, about 7% of NSW's total GRP of $137.7 billion.

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