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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.

an aerial view of a flock of sheep in a green paddock
Supporting the regions of NSW to recover, rebuild and prosper.
Orana Burrendong Dam
The NSW Government is investing an additional $1.7 billion in regional infrastructure to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services.
Canola Blossom
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.
Buy Regional
Show your support for country communities and #BuyRegional
Snowy Hydro Image
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.
Regional Job Creation Fund
The Regional Job Creation Fund supports businesses to establish or expand in regional NSW.
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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.
teenage discussion group
Regional youth and communities will receive support through the Youth Community Coordinator and our Children and Young People Wellbeing Initiatives.
Drought Break
There’s plenty of free fun to be had across the regions during the holidays.
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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.
Gas Plant
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring NSW regional industries are supported by secure, reliable access to gas through a diverse energy mix.
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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).
Port Kembla
The NSW Government has established the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund to activate, enhance and build community amenity in Port Kembla.
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The NSW Government established the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to support community projects around the Port of Newcastle.
Wagga riverside beach
A plan focused on providing quality services and infrastructure in regional NSW, aligning efforts to support growing regional centres.
Family walking to the beach
The NSW South Coast is renowned for its high quality marine environments, unspoiled character, beautiful beaches and wide range of nature-based visitor experiences.
Landscape with sunset
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.
Canola fields and sheep near Cootamundra
NSW’s Regional Drought Resilience Plans will pilot a broad economic development approach which recognises that drought is a regional development issue.
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.
View from a hill over looking 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.
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