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How the NSW Government can help

Doing business in NSW

NSW welcomes investment.

With responsibility for promoting, attracting and facilitating productive foreign direct investment (FDI) into Sydney and NSW, the NSW Government can be your first point-of-contact for all investment enquiries.

The NSW Government’s Invest Team can help you establish, innovate and grow your business in Sydney and NSW. Our dedicated team work with experts across all levels of government (local, state and federal) and business networks to provide customised information for businesses. This service is free and confidential.

The assistance we provide includes:

  • market intelligence and investment opportunities
  • support for business case development
  • identification of suitable investment locations and partners in NSW
  • facilitation of familiarisation visits to NSW
  • advice on NSW government programs and approval processes
  • connections with government contacts and the local business network

Contact the NSW Investment Concierge to find out more that you may also be eligible for a range of incentives.

Want to know more?

Our services are free, comprehensive and confidential. Contact us if you’d like to know more about how we can help.

Read our Assistance section to discover how you can invest in the many opportunities available in Sydney NSW.

About government in Australia

Australia is a representative parliamentary democracy with three levels of government that work together to provide Australians with the services they need.

Those levels are:

  • Federal (or national) Parliament, in Canberra
  • State/Territory parliaments, in each state/territory capital city
  • Local councils (also called shires or municipalities), across the nation

Each level of government has its own responsibilities, which may overlap in some cases.

The division of powers between the federal and state governments is set out in the Australian Constitution.

As New South Wales is a state within the nation of Australia, it has its own state parliament. It also has its own Constitution setting out its law-making powers.

Multiple layers of government may be relevant for foreign investment processes, particularly when it comes to:

  • Organising business structures
  • Some foreign investment approvals and competition law
  • Taxation law
  • Employment law
  • Local planning and environmental protection
  • Supply chain regulation
  • Research and development and intellectual property protection
  • Water use
  • Land acquisition and use

Matters the NSW Government has governance over

State parliaments have residual powers under the Australian Constitution, meaning they can make laws on any issue not allocated to the federal Parliament under the Constitution.

State laws usually cover issues such as:

  • Local governments
  • Education and schools
  • Health
  • Some aspects of the environment
  • Emergency services operation (police, fire and ambulance).

Although the federal government is the main taxation authority, state governments also raise revenue by means of various duties, levies and royalties (for example, payroll taxes, mining royalties and property duties). The federal government funds many state and territory activities and functions, often attaching conditions to the use of the funds.