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Business opportunities in Australia's best-performing economy

Sydney and NSW offer your business opportunities you wouldn’t find elsewhere in Australia or the Asia Pacific. Our state has Australia’s best-performing economy with a long-run average growth rate of 2.5%. NSW also leads the country in employment, retail trade, investment (US$3.69 billion in 2016-17) and construction.

Sydney’s population is growing fast. Over the next 20 years, the capital is expected to accommodate more than a million new arrivals – or a city with the population size of downtown Dallas, Texas.

Sydney is one of the easiest places in the world to do business

Sydney ranks 14th out of 189 countries globally in The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report.

In the Ease of Doing Business report, Sydney was found to excel across 10 regulatory metrics, including registering a business, construction permits, electricity, credit, minority investor interests, taxes, trade barriers, contract enforcement and insolvency procedure.

Sydney's three-city strategy

We’ve devised a three-city strategy to manage this growth. As a result, Sydney will effectively be divided into three distinct areas. Each area will offer residents unique opportunities to access employment, services and education, all within a 30-minute commute.

Opportunities in Western Sydney

Western Sydney is poised for growth with the construction of the A$5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport. Designed to be a manufacturing, logistics and business hub, the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, and Western Sydney more generally, will offer many international-scale investment opportunities.

Western Sydney Airport is expected to add between A$15.7 billion and A$25.6 billion every year to the city’s economy. The airport will generate between 20,000 and 30,000 new jobs by 2050.

As Sydney grows and its economy transforms, NSW will look to construct other large-scale infrastructure projects. We’ll also strengthen our education and research capabilities to meet demand.

Your investment has the potential to drive NSW’s emerging growth sectors, which include:

  • agricultural technology
  • medical technology
  • aerospace and defence industry
  • advanced manufacturing
  • health and life sciences
  • infrastructure and transport
  • microelectronics
  • financial and professional service
  • fintech services.

How easy is it to do business in Sydney?

Starting a business

Sydney's ranking in the world

Getting credit

Sydney's ranking in the world

Enforcing contracts

Sydney's ranking in the world

World Bank's Ease of Doing Business report

Current infrastructure projects

NSW is set to capitalise on the growing economy and population. The state government has committed A$87.2 billion to specific projects over the next 20 years.

We’re actively looking for investment in many of these projects. A number of key projects are listed below.

Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis development and surrounding precincts

  • A$5.3 billion Australian government investment to build the Western Sydney Airport by 2026
  • Future aerotropolis and tourism gateway – trade, logistics, advanced manufacturing, health, education and science economy.
  • Agribusiness precinct
  • Aerospace and defence industry precinct
  • North-South rail link
  • East-West mass transit corridors
  • A$632 million Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment
  • A$550 million Nepean Hospital upgrade
  • New University of Wollongong Liverpool Campus
  • A$740 million Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct

Western Sydney City Deal

  • A 20-year partnership between Australian, NSW and Local Governments to develop the Western Parkland City, creating 200,000 jobs. This includes a focus on investment in the future liveability of Western Sydney, including the $150 million Western Sydney Parkland City Liveability Program
  • A$20 billion of public funding will be invested to develop the Airport, Aerotropolis and surrounding precinct
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Health investment

  • A$900 million Westmead Hospital redevelopment to support the development of an innovative health, education and research precinct
  • A$500 million University of Sydney Westmead expansion and A$450 million Western Sydney University Westmead redevelopment to develop Westmead integrated health, education and research precinct

Parramatta CBD

  • Health, education, administration, finance and business services economy
  • A$2 billion Parramatta Square development, bringing new building, construction, cultural centre and retail opportunities.
  • Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program
  • A$360 million Western Sydney Stadium Upgrade, a component of the NSW social infrastructure investment that will also include tourism, major events and the development of health and recreation

Road and rail transport infrastructure investment projects

  • Sydney Metro West and Northwest extension
  • NorthConnex motorway connection
  • A$64 million Parramatta Light Rail planning
  • A$12 billion Sydney Metro City, Southwest and Northwest project investments
  • A$2.1 billion CBD and South East Light Rail
  • A$103 million Western Harbour Tunnel and A$22 million Beaches Link
  • NorthConnex motorway connection