Residents of regional New South Wales enjoy many career opportunities in diverse and thriving industries. Regional cities offer a high quality of life and many of the services found in Sydney, along with advantages such as a more relaxed lifestyle comparatively affordable property prices.
Regional NSW is divided into 13 unique business regions, which fall into four major zones:
The western business districts of NSW include the Far West, Central West and Orana, which have a total population of more than 300,000 people.
Historically the mineral powerhouses of NSW, the commodities boom continues to drive new investment. These business districts share common industries, including agriculture, mining, retail and tourism. Each region also houses local sectors such as food processing, health care, horticulture, manufacturing and viticulture.
Western NSW offers appealing lifestyles and is geographically central. The region enjoys strong interstate trade connections in Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), as well as extensive infrastructure. These business districts benefit greatly from their rich natural resources, which offer many business opportunities.
The northern business districts of NSW comprise the Northern Rivers, Northern Inland and Mid North Coast, which share a collective population of 736,000 people.
Career opportunities are plentiful in the business districts' shared industries, which include agriculture, construction, education and research, health, manufacturing and tourism.
Individually, each region houses a range of local sectors such as aviation, creative industries, energy, food production, timber products, and transport and logistics.
This temperate northern zone enjoys strong infrastructure links to major cities and markets in NSW and Queensland. Northern NSW is home to universities as well as some of the state's famous beach towns such as Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. It also boasts a thriving tourism sector, which is underpinned by an unparalleled lifestyle.
The southern business zone of NSW includes the Southern Inland, Murray and Riverina regions, which have a total population of more than 450,000 people.
Southern NSW boasts a skilled tertiary workforce and enjoys prosperous shared industries, including agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, tourism and transport.
Each business region houses various local sectors such as aviation, defence, education, information technology, public administration and viticulture.
Due to their close proximity to the ACT and Victoria, these southern alpine regions benefit from strong interstate economic ties and are linked by excellent infrastructure. Southern NSW's business districts offer attractive lifestyles and many of the services found in major cities, as well as major tourist destinations, including Australia's largest ski fields.
In addition, the Southern Inland region has the second fastest population growth rate in NSW, at 1.5 per cent per annum.
The eastern business regions of NSW surround Sydney and include the Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra/South Coast and Western Sydney regions, which are home to 3.37 million people.
These regions contain some of the most dynamic and diversified industries in the state, with Western Sydney alone boasting an economic output of A$88.4 billion in 2009–2010.
Eastern NSW's thriving industries include defence, education, health, information and communications technology, manufacturing, mining, tourism and viticulture. Individually, each business region also houses robust local sectors, including agribusiness, call centres, construction, food processing, renewable energy and warehousing.
These temperate regions have a large, educated and multicultural workforce. Their close proximity to Sydney is a key advantage, as is their strong connecting infrastructure, excellent telecommunications and affordable housing and commercial real estate.
Each business region offers a choice of appealing lifestyles that are rich with attractions, from the wineries of the Hunter Valley to the pristine beaches of the central and south coasts.