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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 skipping at barangaroo

    Public holiday dates for 2019 and 2020.

  • MCG1

    The Department of Education 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 at 3am on Sunday, 5 April 2020 when clocks go back one hour.

  • Commuters in the Sydney CBD

    NSW has been assessed to have the highest possible credit rating, AAA, by both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s.

  • Shoppers in Pitt St Mall, Sydney

    NSW has the highest population of any state in Australia, with 7.95 million residents as of March 2018 – roughly 64.5 per cent of which lives in Greater Sydney.

  • Aboriginal people dancing on a beach

    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.

  • Portrait of the Hon Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW

    The Hon Gladys Berejiklian is the 45th Premier to serve the people of NSW. Browse the portraits of all NSW Premiers below.

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