Special Activation Precincts

A Special Activation Precinct is a dedicated area in a regional location identified by the NSW Government to become a thriving business hub.

Precincts will create jobs, attract businesses and investors, support local industries and fuel economic development. This is all part of our plan to ensure regional NSW is well placed to grow and meet future economic needs across a range of industries, including:

  • freight and logistics
  • defence
  • advanced manufacturing
  • renewable energy
  • agribusiness
  • tourism
  • recycling and waste management
  • critical minerals

How will Special Activation Precincts be delivered?

Special Activation Precincts bring the Department of Regional NSW, the Department of Planning and Environment and the Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation, together to plan, coordinate and deliver successful precincts.

There are five key elements that can create a Special Activation Precinct, these are:

1. Fast track planning

Streamlined planning and approval processes to provide certainty and confidence to businesses and investors.

2. Infrastructure investment

Tailored investment in enabling infrastructure to support local and business needs, which may include roads, utilities, waste management and digital connectivity.

3. Government-led studies

To ensure strategic land use and infrastructure planning for the precinct.

4. Government-led development

To coordinate each precinct’s development in line with the social, economic and environmental requirements for each region.

5. Business concierge

Targeted business and concierge services to attract investment and support businesses to establish and grow in each precinct.

Support for moving to regional NSW

The NSW Government offers financial support to existing businesses and new investors in regional NSW, including: 

  • The $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund that supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries.
  • The $250 million Jobs Plus Program which supports companies that want to expand their footprint in NSW. The program will reduce the cost of establishment, financial risk and increase speed to market for businesses looking to scale and grow in NSW.
  • Relocation grants of up to $10,000 per worker are also available to help attract skilled employees to regional NSW businesses.


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