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About NSW

New South Wales is a major global and Asia-Pacific cultural hub. Home to a diverse population of 7.7 million people, NSW is Australia's oldest, largest and most cosmopolitan state. It is also an economic powerhouse, with an economy larger than Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. In addition to its cultural and economic strengths, the global status of NSW is underpinned by its international transport links, with over 1000 flights operating per week. These are just a few reasons why NSW is Australia's first state.

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  • Girl at Barangaroo

    Public holiday dates for 2017 and 2018.

  • School students reading

    The Department of Education and Communities sets the term and school holiday dates for all NSW public schools.  

  • Sunrise behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Daylight saving will end in NSW on *Sunday, **2 April 2017* when clocks go back one hour at 3am.

  • Commuters in the Sydney CBD

    Standard & Poor’s Global have assessed NSW to have the highest possible credit rating, AAA. 

  • Shoppers in Pitt St Mall, Sydney

    NSW has the highest population of any state in Australia, with 7.7 million residents as of December 2015 – roughly 63 per cent of which lives in Greater Sydney.

  • 5 Lands Walk

    Aboriginal people have lived in NSW for more than 40,000 years. Learn about their rich culture and heritage on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

  • Sydney beach

    NSW is Australia’s most culturally diverse state, and the most successful multicultural community on earth. 

  • Who'd a Thought It Lookout, Quirindi NSW

    The state of NSW is divided by natural features into four distinct geographical sections.

  • NSW state flag

    A flag is an emblem which stands for its people, history and ideals. NSW has its own distinctive flag.

  • Kookaburra in a tree

    NSW has its own state flower, animal, bird, fish and gemstone.