Metropolitan Sydney and Australian Capital Territory not included in Regional NSW
Regional NSW is the largest and most diverse regional economy in Australia. It is home to about 2.9 million people, representing 41% of the NSW population and contributes around a third, or $138 billion to Gross State Product.
Capitalising on its rich natural resources, the agriculture and mining sectors are significant drivers of regional growth. Regional NSW is also underpinned by strong manufacturing, energy, visitor economy and service sectors. Increasingly integrated and evolving global markets provide new opportunities to leverage both existing and emerging competitive advantages.
With an 80km of coastline, the Central Coast is a ‘sea-change’ destination. Located about an hour from Sydney and Newcastle, its location offers a strategic position for business logistic operations and attracts a mobile workforce.
Central West and Orana
Located in the heart of NSW, the Central West and Orana is rich in natural resources. Agriculture and mining are key sectors, with agriculture a major employer particularly in rural areas.
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 region is the largest regional contributor to Gross State Product and recorded economic growth higher than the state average between 2006 and 2013.
One hour south of Sydney, the Illawarra region has significant economic infrastructure that facilitates trade and investment throughout the region.
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
The New England-North West is home to a significant agricultural sector and allied food processing sector; sectors with close ties to the Professional Scientific and Technical Services Industries.
The North Coast of NSW is a popular tourist destination with a visitor economy worth $2.4 billion and it is also home to the highest number of businesses in NSW.
South East and Tablelands
Bordering Sydney, the ACT and Victoria, the South East and Tablelands is underpinned by its strength in diverse industries. The region has experienced higher growth than the state average across 2006-2013.