About NSW

 about New South Wales

As Australias largest and most dynamic State economy, New South Wales is among the most competative business locations in the Asia-Pacific. 

With a Population of 7.75 million people living in New South Wales makes good business sense as well as offering a myriad of lifestyle opportunities available either in Sydney or one of the 13 business regions.



Business migrants who meet the NSW selection criteria for a State Territory Sponsored Business Visa can pply to the NSW Department of state and Regional Development for State sponsorship of their Visa application. There are several visas available with different criteria. For further information and visa criteria visit the website www.business.nsw.gov.au and click on  Business Migrants Live and Work, Visas and Migration for details.



New South Wales has a diverse range of lifestyle options. There is Sydney, a global city, or smaller regional cities or towns. These can be set on the coast, the outback, in the mountains or on the plains. The following information is a snapshot of that diversity on offer in New South Wales.

Sydney Plus 13 Business Regions.



This global cosmopolitan city of 5.05 million people offers a wealth of opportunity for business migrants. It is a multilingual and multicultural mecca with a third of Sydney residents speaking another language. It is a finance, information and communication technologies (ICT), and manufacturing hub offering superior facilities such as five of the top rated universities in australia and high quality international, private and public schooling. The charms of the city became well known internationally aas host city of the 2000 Olympic Games and as a gateway to Australia with the Sydney Airport being the busiest in the country used by 42 million assengers a year.


Western Sydney
Main cities and centres: Backtown, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Parramatta, Blue Mountains.
Temp: Summer 16ºC to 30ºC; Winter 5ºC to 17ºC

Greater Western Sydney  is a mix of residential, industrial and rural land. The most eastern point of 40 minutes away from Sydneys central business district (CBD). Access to the airport, transport lins and public transport are well organised and millions of dollars has been spent developing the infrastructure that has made Western Sydney part of the nationwide freight network. With ver 250,000 businesses in the region, including  construction, retail, transport and storage and wholesae trade, it is a well established area with lower costs than the Sydney CBD and a diversified range of business premises to choose from. There are also well developed health and community services, the University of Western Sydney and two technical and further Education (TAFE) campuses.



Far West
Main City: Broken Hill
Temp: Summer 18.5ºC to 32ºC; Winter 5ºC to 16ºC

The far west region of NSW which borders Queensland and South Australia has historically been the mineral powerhouse of the state with silver, lead and zinc mines. It is also home to some of the states most flourishing agricultural entwrprises which benefit from the hot and dry weather. Tourism is an increasingly important part of the regions economy. As the closest part of the unique Australian outback to the international gateways of Sydney and Melbourne, the Far West attracts a growing number of visitors every year. The region is well served with excellent medical, recreational and other community facilities based in its main city Broken Hill. It is also home to the School of the Air and the Western Instutute of TAFE ( Technical and Further Education).


Main Cities: Dubbo, Cobar, Mudgee
Temp: Summer 18.5ºC to 33ºC; Winter 3ºC to 15ºC

THe largest most diverse region in NSW, Orana is at the centre of major east-west and north-south road and rail networks. The Golden Highway links Orana's largest manufacturing and service centres in Dubbo with the busy port facilities of the Hunter Region. Oran has strengths in value added food processing, mining and viticulture, although agriculture dominates the economy.  The region is one of the fastest growing yourist destntions in NSW, with the historic opal mining township of Lightening Risge, Western Plains Zoo and the Mudgee wineries. It Is also home to Charles Sturt University Dubbo campus anad Dubbo Senior College plus the Western Institure of TAFE.


Central West
Main Cities: Bathurst, Cowra, Forbes, Orange, Parkes
Temp: Summer 1ºC to 28ºC; Winter 2ºC to 12ºC

West of the Blue Mountins the Central West is close to the Major population and market centres of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. With one of the most diverse rural economies, the Central West is rich in natural resources including coal, god, copper, timber and water supplies. Apart from the dominant industries of agriculture and manufacturing, the region is experiencing significant growth in horticulture, dairy farming and viticulture. A strng education sector is represented in the regions two main cities. Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and Orange nad Western Institute of TAFE.



Northern Rivers

Main Cities: Ballina, Grafton, Lismore, Tweed Heads
Temp: Summer 19ºC to 30ºC; Winter 6.2ºC to 20ºC

The Northern Rivers region enjoys a dynamic economy, spectacular natural environment and an unsurpassed quality of life. The NOrthern Rivers supports a strng workforce engaged in skilled trades and tertiary and professional sectors in industries including manufacturing, biotechnology and tourism. Mnay new and niche agricultural operations have emerged in the region such as coffee, tea tree oil and hydroponics. The Calluose Valley research faciity at Southern Cross University, Lismore, supports many of these new industries with research into alternative crops and ther economic potential. Northers Rivers has strong transport and is well services by rail and road.


Northern Inland
Main Cities: Armadale, Tamworth
Temp: Summer 12.5ºC to 31ºC; Winter 0ºC to 16ºC

The New England-North Eastern Region is home to agricutural, manufacturing and education. The agricultural sector is one of the most diversifies in NSW and the region is an internationsl hub for livestock production and specialist breeding programs. One of the regions biggest employers the manufactring industry is especially strong in the areas of vehicle body building and agricultural equipment. The University of New England at Armadale is a significant provider of distance education for the Australian and Overseas markets, while the Britist Aerospace facility at Tamworth is one of the largest and modern flight traning centres in the world.


Mid North Coast
Main Cities: Ballina, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Taree
Temp: Summer 16ºC to 29ºC; Winter 6ºC to 18ºC

The Mid North Coast is midway between state capitals Sydney and Brisbane. It is well serviced by major air roaad anad rail trasport routes and shipping facilities st Coffs Harbour. Traditional agricultural industries of dairy farming, beef, cattle and forestry are supplemented by extensive mnaufcaturing and tourism industries. In addition to ecotourism and adventure style holicays, the region is also popular for business travellers with large modern facilities vailable for conferences.



Capital Region
Main Cities: Canberra (Australias Capital), Bega, Queanbeyan, Goulburn
Temp: Summer 11ºC to 28ºC; Winter 0ºC to 11.3ºC

The Australian Capital Region is the home of the National Capital City, Canberra, and attracts a range of businesses and institutions that service nd support the Commonwealth Government. Key rod nd ril corridoors to Sydney, Melbourns and links to other regional centres allow its major industries such as fisheries, manufacturing, agriculture and viticulture to grow. Tourism is flourishing as the region has beautiful towns and villages, wineries, festivals and Kosclusko Ntaional Part where you will find Australias second largest ski fields. The regions highly skilled tertiary workforce is educated at educational facilities such as the Australian National University, Australian Institute of Sport, The Australian Defence Force Academy, the AUstralian Catholic University, and a range of Technical and Further Eductaion (TAFE) campuses.


Main Cities: Albury and Deniliquin.
Temp: Summer 16ºC to 32ºC; Winter 3ºC to 13ºC

Straddling the Murray River in Southern NSW, the Murray Region hosts a diverse range of enterprises from traditionl to specialist broadacre farming to manufacturing, engineering and computer technoogy industries. This area is renowned for its large food processing industry and emerging industries which include aquaculturem forestry and wood products. Tourism is becoming increasingly important, offering historic pioneering towns, ski slopes, and fishing and water sports. The Murray Region has extensive highway links to NSW, Victoria and South Australia and air services to national and State capitals from Albury. Educational facilities include Charles Sturt University at Albury and the Riverina institute of TAFE.


Main Cities: Canberra (Australias Capital), Bega, Queanbeyan, Goulburn
Temp: Summer 11ºC to 28ºC; Winter 0ºC to 11.3ºC

Situated west of Canberra, the Riverina forms a junction between three State Capitals: Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. THe riverina has as international reputation for its food and fibre manufacturing, in particular the region is Australia's largest producer of wine, exporting about 50 per cent of its production. It also has a good transport infrastructure with most major highway and rail corridors crossing the region. The Riverina is host to the Australian Defence Force facilitie plus facilities for research and development in agriculture and fisheries. Educational centres include Charles Sturt University: Riverina Campus, Riverina institute of TAFE, and the Murrumbifgee College of Agriculture.

As Australias largest and most dynamic state economy, New South Wales is among the most competative business locations in the Asia Pacific. bWith a Population of 7.75 million people living on New South Wales makes good business sense as well as offering a myriad of lifestyle opportunities available either in Sydney bof one of the 13 business regions.




Central Coast
Main Cities: Gosford, Wyong
Temp: Summer 16.7ºC to 27.5ºC; Winter 5ºC to 17.5ºC

Just north of Sydney the Central Coast benefits from a handy location, advanced infrastructure, a skilled workforce and an attractive lifestyle. The region is the location for more than 200 companies fostering innovation, research and development, production, software support and internet related activities. Home to Australia's best known food and beverage brands, the Central Coast is rapidly developing a reputation as a hub of food processing and distribution in New South Wales. It also has a rapidly growing service industry specialising in property and business services, construction and retail. The region is home to Newcastle University: Central Coast Campus, Wyong Institute of TAFE aand Gosford Institute of TAFE.


Main Cities: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock
Temp: Summer 17ºC to 30ºC; Winter 54.5ºC to 18ºC

THe hunter region is an economic powerhouse, generating about one third of the states exports. Its chief industries include power generation, coal and mining, the equine industry and winemaking. The hunter is Australias oldest and one of the country's top wine growing areasa, and is visited by about 6.7 million day tourists and 26 million overnight tourists each year. The hunter region has a comprehensive road, rail, air and sea trasport network with direct flights to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from Newcastle Airport. Major eductional facilities are the University of Newcastle and the TAFE Hunter Institute.


Main Cities: Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral
Temp: Summer 18ºC to 26ºC; Winter 9ºC to 17ºC

The Illawarra Regions diversified industry base includes coal mining, agriculture, manufacturing, engineering, tourism and steel production. It is the leading producer of steel and steel products in South-East Asia. The region has a welth of natural resources including coal, bauxite and blue metal. The illawarra is recognised as a centre for information and communications technology (ITC) research and development. The University of Wollongong is linked to four nationally recognised collaborative reserch centre: welded structures, smart internet technologies, intelligent manufacturing systems and railway engineering.