Industry opportunities

The economy of New South Wales benefits greatly from its mix of diversified industries. Traditional manufacturing, mining and agribusiness sectors have provided a firm foundation for diversification into high-growth areas such as aquaculture, biotechnology, ICT and viticulture.

NSW is renowned for its world-class professional services offerings, highlighting the state's strength in knowledge-based businesses and 90% of international banks operating in Australia are headquartered in Sydney, and the city is home to more than 60% of Australia's regional ICT headquarters and operations centres.

  1. Female technician using a 3D printer

    Advanced manufacturing

    NSW is home to highly innovative, competitive and world-leading manufacturers that are vital to the diversity and strength of the Australian economy.

  2. ICT sector

    Advanced technologies

    NSW ICT sector success is founded on the state's world-class infrastructure and business networks. Infrastructure-related construction is experiencing major growth.

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    Agribusiness and food

    Leading agriculture and food companies choose NSW because of the state's diverse production systems, rich natural resources and favourable climate.

  4. Dance studio

    Arts, culture and creative

    NSW's thriving arts, culture and creative sector is the largest in Australia. It also has Australia's largest concentration of arts-related ICT businesses such as animation and design.

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    Defence NSW

    NSW is best placed to meet the complex and evolving needs of the Australian defence industry and is home to the largest number of defence bases and facilities in Australia.

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    NSW boasts a dynamic and multicultural education sector that caters for domestic, international students and researchers across a wide range of fields.

  7. Financial Services in NSW

    Financial and professional services

    NSW dominates the nation's services industries with Financial Services comprising of 88% of state's industry output.

  8. Infrastructure

    Infrastructure and construction

    NSW has the largest number of companies dedicated to providing architectural, engineering, surveying, and property and business services of any Australian state.

  9. Mining, resources and energy sector

    Mining and resources

    Mining, resources and energy is a booming part of the NSW economy, driven by large and diverse mineral and gas deposits, exploration projects. It benefits from NSW's highly-skilled workforce.

  10. Renewable energy sector

    Renewable energy and sustainability

    NSW has the largest renewable energy and sustainability sectors in Australia, backed by major government and private sector initiatives.