Shoalhaven Economic Development
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The Shoalhaven has a well serviced and growing education sector offering a wide range of education and training opportunities. In the Shoalhaven you can continue lifetime learning with all levels of education catered for from child day care to private and public schools, vocational, TAFE and University courses - to the University of the Third Age.

The education sector is oriented to industry requirements integrating student work experience through to business training courses to improve staff capability. A specific Shoalhaven Education and Training Network regularly meet to improve the offerings of all educators and address the needs of the community.

Approved Education and Care Services

There is a range of community based pre schools, privately operated child care facilities and early childhood centres on offer throughout the Shoalhaven. At present there are over 40 day care facilities within the Shoalhaven, with a number catering for vacation care. You can search for individual child care facilities at ACECQA

Shoalhaven City Council also coordinates Family Day Care. Family Day Care is an alternative to centre based care. Children are cared for in the homes of registered careres.  Offices are in Nowra and Ulladulla.  The carers nurture and develop each child's learning potential in small group settings, and cater for children from birth to twelve years.

Parents can make flexible arrangement for full, part time, occasional or after school care, including vacation care.

Shoalhaven Family Day Care is always looking for carers to work in the Shoalhaven region.  If you are looking for a career in child care and want to open your own small business then contact the co ordination unit and find our about the requirements to become a carer in our professional team.

For more information contact Shoalhaven Family Day Care on (02) 4421 7314.

Noah's Ark Centre of Shoalhaven

Noah's Ark Centre of Shoalhaven Inc provides flexible, high quality services to children with special needs and caring support to their families.

Noah's Ark is an early childhood intervention centre. It is a non-government organisation run by parents and local community members.

Early childhood intervention services support families of children with a delay in development or a disability. They include therapy, education and support services that assist families to help their child grow and develop.

Primary Schools

Government Primary Schools

Twenty four government primary schools operate throughout the Shoalhaven. Government primary schools are located in most of the larger villages and school bus services operate in other areas.

Non-Government Primary Schools

There are several non government primary schools across the Shoalhaven, with most located in the larger centres. A comprehensive school bus service provides access for all children to their nearest non-government school.

Secondary Schools

Government Secondary Schools

The Shoalhaven has five government secondary schools at Bomaderry; Nowra; Shoalhaven; Ulladulla & Vincentia.

Non-Government Secondary Schools

There are several non-government secondary schools.

In addition rail and coach transport is available to Shoalhaven students attending either Wollongong or Southern Highlands private secondary schools

Tertiary Education

The Shoalhaven Education Precinct, a new strategic development is combining the resources of Shoalhaven City Council, the University of Wollongong, the Illawarra Institute of Technology and the NSW Government.

At the centre of development at Mundamia, to the west of Nowra is a joint campus for the University of Wollongong offering a range of courses through its Faculties of Commerce, Arts, Law, Education, Health & Behavioural Science, Science and the Graduate Schools of Management and Medicine and the Illawarra Institute of Technology offering business studies.

The Shoalhaven Education Precinct offers a campus where students can undertake all or part of a degree. With the upgrading of the technology used for flexible delivery of learning at UOW, it is expected that an even greater range of subject and course offerings will be available in the near future.

There are also TAFE campuses at Bomaderry and Milton/Ulladulla, allowing the opportunity to train locally and providing the region with a strong skills base.

The Nowra Campus is the Illawarra Institute’s second largest and includes a library, a large tourism and hospitality training facility, a child studies facility and computer rooms. The campus offers a broad range of courses in the trade, manufacturing and services areas. Including;

  • Access Programs (includes Aboriginal Education & Training Unit, Outreach)
  • Building & Construction (Carpentry & Joinery)
  • Business Services (includes Administration Services, Finance, Retail & Property)
  • Engineering & Manufacturing (includes Electrotechnology, Metal Fabrication & Welding)
  • General Education ( includes Adult Basic Education, Prevocational)
  • Information Technology and Arts & Media (includes Fashion Technology)
  • Personal, Community & Health Services (includes Child Studies, Nursing, Welfare)
  • Tourism & Hospitality (includes Commercial Cookery, Food & Beverage, Travel) Transport, Rural & Maritime (includes Agriculture, Dairy, Horticulture, and Land Management)

The Ulladulla Campus of TAFE serves the southern Shoalhaven area from Sussex Inlet in the north to Kioloa in the south. Students have the opportunity to study a wide selection of courses in the business services, tourism and hospitality, general education, community services and maritime.

Vocational Education

There is a wide range of specialist registered training organizations (RTO’s). Illawarra Retirement Trust, Mission Australia, Sureway, Essential Personnel, Aerospace Training Services and more.

Community College, Shoalhaven Community College is also based at Bomaderry for work skills programs, with a particular strength in the beauty industry.

University of the Third Age

Offering a wide range of community interest courses the University of the Third Age is headquartered in Nowra.



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Shoalhaven Economic Profile

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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)