Regional NSW

Regional NSW is home to more than one-third of the NSW population.

More people are choosing to make regional NSW their home, with thriving local communities, greater access to affordable housing, jobs and services, and growing agricultural, tourism and service sectors.

Home to more than 2.7 million people, 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.

The Department of Regional NSW is the central agency that works across government to advise on matters affecting regional communities. The department focuses on enhancing local workforces, liveability, and economic diversification.


Department of Regional NSW

Learn about the central NSW government agency for regional NSW.  Information on careers, functions, contacts, our agencies and more.

Regional Tourism Activation Fund

Programs and grants

Funding opportunities to support regional recovery and deliver social, economic and lifestyle benefits to local communities.
Youth Week NSW 2022

Regional Youth

Initiatives to improve lifestyles and outcomes of young people living in regional NSW.
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Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation

The NRRC leads and coordinates reconstruction activities for essential assets, infrastructure and housing in the Northern Rivers.

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Regional business and economy

Discover NSW Government services to help you do business in our regions. Link to programs promoting regional growth and prosperity.

Buy Regional

Buy Regional

Show your support for country communities and #BuyRegional
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Planning and strategic documents to inform and drive delivery of regional NSW priorities.
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Regional News

Latest media releases. Search by keyword or topic for news across regional NSW.

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