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Relocating to the Shoalhaven

Relocating your business to the Shoalhaven makes both financial and personal sense

Generally the cost of doing business is lower in the Shoalhaven, there is a skilled pool of available labour; who live within easy commuting distance and the Shoalhaven has largest amount of affordable industrial land available south of Sydney. The Shoalhaven’s growing population and close proximity to Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra gives your business access to markets of 6 million people. While you grow your business you’ll love the lifestyle.

The Jobs Action Plan is designed to give business an incentive to emply new workers and expand their enterprises. Under the plan, businesses that increase the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees for a period of at least two years, will recieve a payroll tax rebate following the employment of each additional employee in a position that is a new job.

At a glance the strengths of Shoalhaven as a business location are:

  • Adjacent to the largest market in Australia (Sydney with over 5 million population is 2 hours away)
  • Easy access to freight hubs (Botany, Kembla, Mascot)
  • Innovative, internationally oriented companies
  • Qualified workforce thanks to an education system that appreciates vocational education
  • Adequate infrastructure allowing good connectivity to markets
  • Competitive labour rates
  • Political stability, reliable administration and protection of corporate & private property
  • and an excellent lifestyle in which to live!

What are you waiting for?

"15 jobs per week created in the Shoalhaven"

"The Shoalhaven has a secure water supply"

"Nowra is an easy two hour drive from Sydney"

"The Shoalhaven offers access to markets of 6 million people"

"Nowra will double in population by 2031"


Economic Development have a new strategy - Productive Shoalhaven 2017-2026

Shoalhaven Economic Profile

Remplan can provide you with Shoalhaven industrial economic data. 

Profile id. gives you access to a wealth of demographic data

Shoalhaven at a Glance
   99,925 (Sep 2016)
Labour Force:
   39,458 (Sep 2016)
Unemployment rate:
   9.56% (Sep 2016)
Gross Regional Product:
   $4.6 billion
(Dec 2016)
Gross disposable wages & salaries:
   $2.2 billion 
(Dec 2016)
Value added:
   Property Services $758m
   Health/Social Assist $405m
   Manufacturing $381m
efence $373m
   Retail $301m
   Accom/Food Services $196m

(Dec 2016)