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Extensive road, rail, air and sea transport networks

NSW’s extensive sea, road, rail and air networks make Sydney the perfect base for doing business in Australia and the Asia Pacific. The state’s location will provide your business with efficient access to both domestic and international markets.

You’ll also have access to sophisticated logistics, distribution and transport companies who make it easy and cost-effective to move goods quickly both in Australia and around the globe.

The most international ports and airports in Australia

NSW has the most important international ports and airports in Australia, including:

  • Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, Australia’s largest and busiest passenger airport
  • Australia’s second largest container port, Port Botany
  • The world’s largest coal export port, the Port of Newcastle.

The state’s largest motor vehicle import hub and grain export terminal

Kingsford Smith Airport in based in the heart of Sydney and recorded 43.3 million passengers go through its three terminals in 2017.

It is connected to more than 90 global destinations and moves more than half of Australia’s air freight. In 2017 alone, it exported 188,400 tons of freight.

The airport is also the base for two of the top 10 busiest air routes in the world (Sydney to Melbourne and Brisbane to Sydney).

Western Sydney Airport

In order to meet growing demand and increase the city’s air links further still, a second airport in Western Sydney is under construction and will open in 2026 as a 24-hour international airport. NSW actively invites investment for this project.

Artist impression: Western Sydney Airport

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Over 70 airports in regional NSW

There are also more than 70 public airports in regional NSW managing international airfreight and passenger services from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast international airports.

Regional NSW has access to numerous international ports, the major ones being

  • Port Botany in Sydney, Australia’s second largest container port
  • Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal export port
  • Port Kembla near Wollongong, NSW’s largest motor vehicle import and largest grain export terminals
  • Port of Eden, NSW’s southernmost deep water port which receives cruise ships, wood chippers and log ships

Interested in investing in freight and logistics in regional NSW? Visit Invest in Regional NSW.

Ability to leverage Free Trade Agreements

Newcastle mining

Ten of Australia’s top 12 export markets are located in Asia and we’re set up to do business in this dynamic part of the world, with easy access through a number of regional free trade agreements, including with:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • the United States of America
  • Chile
  • Malaysia
  • The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Growing trade and investment with ASEAN

NSW’s first ASEAN strategy sets out practical action for the NSW Government that will lift our economic and cultural relationship with markets in the ASEAN region to the next level.

This strategy identifies the actions the NSW Government will take in support of achieving a 10% annual growth in our trade and investment relationship with ASEAN, every year over the next 5 years. This strategy will be updated regularly in response to new market intelligence and opportunities that will benefit both NSW and ASEAN member countries.

ASEAN’s economic expansion has outpaced the rest of the world and the region is set to become the equivalent of the world’s fourth- largest economy by 2030. ASEAN is already our second-largest trading partner, with $19.1 billion worth of goods moving between NSW and ASEAN member countries each year. And the potential for growth is significant.

The NSW Government will work closely with the private sector and with other governments to grow our engagement with ASEAN. We will focus on Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, where we already have strong economic partnerships, and access other ASEAN nations through these markets as gateways.

ASEAN is becoming more urbanised, wealthy and digitised. The growth and transformation of ASEAN is being driven by expanding cities, a growing consumer class, digital disruption and international connectivity. In response,we will direct our efforts into six broad areas that support ASEAN’s growth and change.

In each of these six focus areas, there is the opportunity for us to build on our existing partnership with the region so as to further enhance trade and investment flows to the benefit of both NSW and ASEAN member countries.

Digital connectivity

We’re digitally connected too. Australia has one of the highest internet penetration rates in the world, above even that of the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

88% of the country use the internet and, 69% of the population are active social media users with mobile penetration at the 78% mark, which puts Australia in the top quintile globally across all measures.

Additionally, 93% of Australians use the internet every day, and spend an average of 5 hr 34 minutes using the internet via any device.

Official CeBIT partner

As the official partner of CeBIT Australia 2018, the NSW Government was thrilled to welcome more than 15,000 visitors to this year’s event, held at the International Convention Centre Sydney from 15­–17 May.

The largest business technology event in the Asia-Pacific, CeBIT proved an exciting platform for more than 300 exhibitors that attended from over 30 countries – including the eight tech companies and 16 startups that featured on the NSW Government’s official stands.

The event was also an opportunity to showcase the range of programs and services the NSW Government offers to support NSW startups and SMEs.

CeBIT Australia 2018