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Multicultural NSW

Sydney and New South Wales aren’t just great places to do business, they’re also great places to live.

Moving to Sydney and NSW will provide you with an enviable lifestyle.

Australia consistently ranks in the top five countries in the world for its quality of life and is one of the top countries in the world for family-friendliness.

NSW offers all that’s best about our country. That includes access to Australia’s most dynamic city (Sydney), some of the country’s best beaches, great health and education systems, and the chance to enjoy a year-round outdoor lifestyle.

A multicultural and welcoming state

NSW is diverse and multicultural, with 27.6% of its population born overseas, representing 121 different ancestries.

The majority of the current population in Greater Sydney comes from Asia, and the second highest represented continent is Europe.

This demographic brings a diversity of culture, lifestyle, cuisine, thinking, and working attitude.

Of people living in NSW and were born overseas the six most represented countries are:

  • China
  • England
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam

Thirty per cent of people living in NSW speaking a second language and 275 languages spoken within the state.

In short, Sydney and NSW are safe, multi-faceted, economically and politically stable, and prosperous. Little wonder they are popular destinations for businesses looking for a base in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The ingredients for an outstanding quality of life

Sydney Fish Market

Sydney enjoys a sunny climate with mild winters and warm summers, perfect for making the most of the outdoors.

  • NSW air quality was deemed excellent by international standards in 2017. The Air Quality Index (AQI) was in the ‘very good’, ‘good’ or‘fair’ category for at least 89% of the time in Sydney regions, 96% in the Illawarra and South-West Slopes, 97% in the Lower Hunter and 98% to 100% of the time in all other regions, demonstrating that air quality consistently met relevant standards
  • NSW has a well-developed public education system with over 2,743 schools, 130 vocational and training facilities (TAFE NSW), and 11 major universities
  • There are more than 220 public hospitals and health services in NSW which provide free, high-quality health care to Australian citizens and permanent residents. Services provided at public hospitals may include emergency care, elective and emergency surgery, medical treatment, maternity services, and rehabilitation programs
  • NSW is world-renowned for spectacular coastlines and beaches—more than 900 national and regional parks, the outback, and the country’s largest ski fields are all within easy reach
  • Culture and entertainment range from friendly regional NSW communities to the cosmopolitan glamour and excitement of Sydney

A world of arts, entertainment, sports and recreation in NSW


Soccer (football), basketball, Australian Rules Football, rugby league, rugby union, netball, cricket and more — from the A-League, to the AFL, NRL and state and national cricket leagues, Sydney and NSW offer an exciting calendar of sports events all year round. And if you’d rather be on the field than watching from the sidelines, there are plenty of local clubs and associations to get involved with to keep fit and be social.

New South Wales

Discover the sporty lifestyle in Sydney and NSW offer, check out sporting events or find a sporting club.


Performing, visual and independent arts — from Broadway blockbusters to pop music super stars, Sydney has attracted some of the biggest names in the entertainment world. When shows and concerts tour the world, Sydney is generally a pit stop entertainers won’t miss.

For those looking to indulge in visual arts, Sydney is home to the famous Archibald Prize hosted at the Art Gallery of NSW, while the Museum of Contemporary Art curates exhibition from local up and coming artists to globally renown masters specialising in modern and contemporary visual art.

Find an event or performance in Sydney.

Meanwhile regional NSW has its own calendar of arts and culture which has its own unique flavour. Regional art houses, galleries and theatres are filled with soulful explorations of the heart and mind expressed through painting, craft, theatre performances and more.

Explore the arts scene in regional NSW.

Vivid Festival 2018

Festivals — If there’s one thing NSW knows how to do, it’s party! Sydney is famous for the glittering New Year’s Eve fireworks display it holds every year while Sydney Festival annually brings the refined, zany and awe-inspiring to stages across town.

Even when it’s a little colder, Sydney doesn’t stop — Vivid Festival lights up buildings and minds across the city with its light shows and cultural talks and concerts.

In NSW, there’s no shortage of things to celebrate.

Find a festival in Sydney.

Homeground - Aboriginal Festival, Sydney

History and heritage including Aboriginal arts and heritage — There are 495 operational museums and galleries located in NSW where arts and artefacts collide to create exhibitions which showcase everything from architecture, design, art science and natural history.

NSW also has a proud heritage of Aboriginal history and culture.

Spectacular and diverse aboriginal arts and crafts can be admired in public galleries and at Indigenous-owned cultural centres, galleries and studios around NSW. Additionally, there is much to learn about Aboriginal culture and heritage from museums and walking tours in the state.

Explore arts and culture offerings in Sydney and NSW.

Discover Aboriginal Arts and Heritage experiences in Sydney and NSW.