View from Who'd a Thought It Lookout, Quirindi

Regional NSW

Regional NSW is the largest, most diverse regional economy in Australia.

Rich with natural resources, regional NSW produces one-third of the total NSW gross state product, with thriving agricultural and mining industries and strong manufacturing, energy, tourism and service sectors.

Home to about 40 per cent of the state’s population, regional NSW is diverse, with resilient and adaptive communities living in places of historical and cultural significance.

With high levels of natural beauty and accommodating a range of lifestyles, regional locations are attractive places for skilled workers wanting to advance their careers while enjoying the benefits of country living.

Regional NSW offers a wide range of opportunities for people thinking of investing, moving a business or starting a new enterprise.

  • Burrendong Dam Orana

    The NSW Government is investing an additional $1.3 billion in regional infrastructure to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services in communities, through the new Regional Growth Fund.

  • Braidwood NSW

    A plan focused on providing quality services and infrastructure in regional NSW, aligning efforts to support growing regional centres and finding opportunities to activate the economic potential of local economies.

  • Family of four bicycling the surrounds of Lake Crackenback resort Snowy Mountains courtesy of Destination NSW

    The $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund invests in infrastructure to increase tourist visitation to regional NSW and create jobs. 

  • railway tracks

    The $110 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund supports regional tourism by funding critical visitor economy infrastructure projects such as rail trails, airports and cruise terminals. 

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    The $1 million Regional Growth – Marketing and Promotion Fund offers grants up to $50,000 to eligible organisations to promote investing or moving to regional NSW. 

  • Aerial image of Port Kembla area

    The Port Kembla Community Investment Fund supports projects that activate, enhance and build community amenity in the area.

  • The RivCott cotton gin in Carrathool, NSW, received first round funding.

    Funded by the Australian Government, the $32.5 million program assists development projects that will help diversify economies and create new jobs in the Murray Darling Basin. 

  • Junee Licorice Factory

    The new $1 million Future Towns Program will support up to 20 regional towns to help their small businesses become digital ready. The fund is designed to improve the activation of key spaces and main streets of these towns.

  • A view from the ground, looking up at the tree canopy

    The Office of the NSW Cross Border Commissioner identifies and helps resolve issues that occur by being located near a state border.

  • Aerial view of Lismore

    The Centre of Economic and Regional Development provides advice and commentary on economic development policy and action.

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    The NSW Government offers grants and assistance to businesses looking to invest in regional areas.