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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.

Regional Recovery Programs

Supporting the regions of NSW to recover, rebuild and prosper.
Regional Recovery Programs

Regional Growth Fund

The NSW Government is investing an additional $1.7 billion in regional infrastructure to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services.
Orana Burrendong Dam

A 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW

The 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW, released in 2018, sets out the Government’s priorities and plans to achieve long-term social and economic success for regional communities across the state.
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Buy Regional

Show your support for country communities and #BuyRegional
Buy Regional

Regional Youth Taskforce

The NSW Government has created the Regional Youth Taskforce to engage young people from regional NSW on issues including getting a job, mental health and public transport.
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Holiday Fun for Regional Youth

There’s plenty of free fun to be had across the regions during the holidays.
Drought Break

Regional gap year

Discover new places, make new friends, learn new skills, create memories that will last a lifetime – and get paid – by embarking on a Regional NSW Gap Year.
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Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund

The $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in major and transformative infrastructure across regional NSW.
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Regional Job Creation Fund

The Regional Job Creation Fund supports businesses to establish or expand in regional NSW.
Regional Job Creation Fund

Future of Gas Statement

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring NSW regional industries are supported by secure, reliable access to gas through a diverse energy mix.
Gas Plant

Regional Economic Development Strategies

In 2018, the NSW Government assisted local councils to develop Regional Economic Development Strategies (REDS) based on the concept of a Functional Economic Region (FER).
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NSW Government to boost resilience in regional NSW amid COVID-19

Vital infrastructure projects will be fast-tracked in regional NSW to help local industries, councils and communities rebuild and recover from the impacts of drought, bushfire and COVID-19.
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Our regions

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring the people of regional NSW have the best access to essential services and infrastructure. See what's happening in your region.
Whod-a-Thought-It lookout

Our regional NSW

Supportive communities, shorter commutes and more time with loved ones – these are just some of the reasons people love living in regional NSW.

Port Kembla Community Investment Fund

The NSW Government has established the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund to activate, enhance and build community amenity in Port Kembla.
Port Kembla

Regional Development Framework

A plan focused on providing quality services and infrastructure in regional NSW, aligning efforts to support growing regional centres.
Wagga riverside beach

20-year vision for NSW South Coast marine tourism

The NSW South Coast is renowned for its high quality marine environments, unspoiled character, beautiful beaches and wide range of nature-based visitor experiences.
Family walking to the beach


The NSW Government established the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to support community projects around the Port of Newcastle.
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NSW Small Business Bushfire Regional Information Session

Due to COVID-19, the NSW Small Business Bushfire Information Session is now available as a webinar. You'll hear from a range of government agencies on the support available to bushfire-affected small businesses.
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Invest Regional NSW

Looking for a place to invest and do business? Now, more than ever, Regional NSW is the starting point for people, businesses and ideas that go further.
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Centre for Economic and Regional Development

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

Drought Resilience Plans

NSW’s Regional Drought Resilience Plans will pilot a broad economic development approach which recognises that drought is a regional development issue.
Canola fields and sheep near Cootamundra

Future Ready Regions

Future Ready Regions is the NSW Government’s commitment to building strong communities and diversified regional economies that are not just built to survive drought but are able to thrive as an economic powerhouse.
Future Ready Regions

Captains Flat

Surface soil testing and other data collection activities are being carried out on public land in Captains Flat, a small former mining town in the NSW Southern Tablelands, following the discovery of elevated levels of lead in the disused rail corridor adjacent to the historic Lake George Mine.
View from a hill over looking Captains Flat
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