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Published 22nd December, 2017

150,000 new jobs by 2019

Why is this important to the people of NSW?

Jobs create purpose

Jobs give people quality of life and help them to learn, grow and achieve their potential. Jobs provide purpose, independence and social connection.

We are assisting small businesses across NSW to grow, whether it be a rehabilitation practice on the Central Coast or a curtain making business in Sydney's southern suburbs. 

Since 2014, one in three new jobs in Australia has been created in NSW.

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We are more than a year ahead in our progress towards the target of 150,000 jobs.

How are we tracking?

As at February 2018, there were 280,200 new jobs in the NSW economy. This means that we are tracking 130,200 jobs above the 150,000 new jobs target.

What are we doing?

We are supporting job creation in three ways.

1. Supporting businesses by:

  • $190 million over four years for the Jobs for NSW fund which will strengthen the NSW economy by generating rewarding jobs and accelerating high-potential sectors. It provides:
    • establishment of the Sydney Startup Hub to help create jobs in innovative businesses. The Hub includes a regional landing pad to help regionally-based entrepreneurs collaborate with Sydney businesses. An Australian first to grow the size and strength of NSW's innovation ecosystem, the Hub will host up to 2500 people
    • business loans, loan guarantees and other forms of business support that will accelerate job creation. Apply for funding or find out more at Jobs for NSW
  • providing high quality business advice to small and medium businesses, with 70 per cent of Business Connect program funding allocated to regional NSW

2. Ensuring a skilled workforce by:

  • creating jobs and apprenticeships for the construction sector through government infrastructure projects boosting vocational training through:
    • 200,000 scholarships to skill young people looking for jobs
    • 25,000 scholarships to students enrolling in science, technology, engineering, and maths-related vocational qualifications
    • new training, upskilling and employment opportunities through the Smart and Skilled program.

3. Supporting regional development by:

Case study

Easy to do Business

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"The Easy to do Business team helped make this café happen."

Peter, Grounded Space

While backpacking around South America, former mechanical engineer and Grounded Space owner Peter Doueihi realised he didn’t want to work for someone else.

When he returned, he started his own business, working from home. Eventually he got tired of living and working in the same place, which prompted his current business venture.

Grounded Space is a hub for ambitious freelancers and start-ups to network and access facilities such as meeting rooms, call answering, internet and printing, and even a gym – all fuelled by Peter’s barista-made coffee.

Peter came to Easy to do Business early on in his venture, avoiding some of the difficulties faced by first-time café owners. After hearing about his business idea, the business concierge gave Peter a roadmap of the approvals he needed to get up and running.

With building approvals and a music licence received, Grounded Space is set to be a centre of entrepreneurial spirit in Parramatta’s booming economy. The business concierges are now helping Peter expand to include outdoor dining.

Read more Easy to do Business case studies

Loan guarantee helps Riverina business expand and grow

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Gundagai’s largest employer, Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP), secured a Loan Guarantee from Jobs for NSW to set the business up for future expansion. GMP currently employs 180 workers, most of whom are local residents. The Barton family has worked within the meat industry of Gundagai for nearly 100 years, the last 40 of which have been spent operating GMP.

GMP CEO Will Barton explains how the company is embarking on a $30 million expansion project that will lead to a 40 per cent increase in annual production capacity and help to create 76 new full-time jobs.

The opportunity for growth will allow GMP to create up to 198 new skilled jobs over five years, including 76 in the facility and 122 from associated business activities.

You can read more of our case studies at Jobs for NSW

What can you do?

Are you starting a business?

We are making it easier to do business by offering a range of support services to help you navigate regulatory requirements.

We're also supporting startups with the Sydney Start Up Hub, the first of its kind in Australia. The Start Up hub will support innovation, strengthen the startup community and grow new sustainable high-value jobs. 

Are you a business owner?

Scholarship opportunities

We want everyone to have a chance at a secure future. The 2017 NSW skills list includes new qualifications and traineeships that is funded by us under the Smart and Skilled program.

Published 22nd December, 2017
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