New South Wales has the largest manufacturing sector in the country with an annual turnover of A$116 billion. Manufactured goods are the state’s largest export.
New South Wales’ manufacturing businesses employ more than 270,000 people and the state's manufacturers account for 27% of national direct expenditure on R&D. The state is home to a vast ecosystem of research, training, education and innovation.
Driving advanced manufacturing
The NSW Government's Advanced Manufacturing Industry Development Strategy outlines plans to:
- drive adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies and business models
- attract investment through world-class programs and facilities
- enable greater exports.
Building world-class infrastructure
The Western Sydney Aerotropolis is set to become a thriving economic centre in Western Sydney. This ground-breaking smart city will harness its proximity to the international airport to attract emerging and new industries, capture investment and help create more than 200,000 high-value, skilled jobs.
It will be home to advanced manufacturing, smarter freight technologies connecting Western Sydney to global markets, and a sophisticated agribusiness precinct. It includes delivery of the industry-led Aerotropolis New Education and Training Model.
Leading education facilities
Uniting government, academia and industry, The Warren Centre supports excellence in engineering, computer science, technology and innovation. It provides advice, connects specialists to industry and government leaders and promotes further education through seminars, courses and lectures.
Incentives, grants and support
- The Advanced Manufacturing Connect program is open to NSW-based advanced manufacturers and aims to maximise the sector’s global competitiveness.
- The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre provides industry assistance programs to support small scale and pilot research projects.
- The A$400 million Regional Digital Connectivity program will bring faster, more reliable digital coverage to the advanced manufacturing sector in regional NSW.
- Investment NSW works with companies to help them to set up or expand in NSW.
- The A$250 million Jobs Plus Program supports companies relocating their head offices to NSW or expanding their employment footprint in the state.
- The Regional Skills Relocation Grant is available for relocation of skilled workers to regional areas.
- The Industry Capability Network NSW provides supply chain matching services to SMEs for major private and public sector projects.
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