Working in the Shoalhaven

Working in the Shoalhaven

The Shoalhaven offers a working environment that is very easy to get used to. Working on one of the 6,000 businesses can give you a new perspective. Productivity and customer focus are characteristics that underlay the business ethos of the area.

Ready for a Fresh Start?

Whether you are looking for a sea or tree change or to grow your business or professional career in a natural and family friendly environment, the Shoalhaven offers a real alternative.

One of the closest strings of coastal villages to Sydney and containing the regional centres of Nowra and Ulladulla, the Shoalhaven has growing business opportunities.

With a population over 100,000, it is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia. Only a few regional areas can boast this size customer and business base.

Here country values meets city sophistication; you can enjoy a great cup of coffee, fine dining or winery experiences, see a concert or sporting match, send your kids to good schools, grow your business with quality employees and business networks – and still enjoy a community where people know your name.

Yet the Shoalhaven remains unspoilt, with pristine beaches, mountains, rivers, lakes and coastal plains. The Shoalhaven’s reputation for spectacular scenery has made it NSW’s premier regional tourist destination attracting over 1million tourists each year.

The "Proudly Shoalhaven" series of case studies expands on why many businesses have established within Shoalhaven. 

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Investing in the Shoalhaven

As one of Australia’s fastest growing regional areas, economic growth is following high population growth to provide a rich array of investment opportunities – ranging from investing in existing businesses; commercial or residential property development; to investing in your own start up business. The lower cost of doing business in the Shoalhaven compared to Sydney or other capital cities also offers a compelling reason to invest in the Shoalhaven.

A wide range of industries operate in the Shoalhaven with many international businesses operating from Nowra. Value adding manufacturing is strong, with food, chemicals, construction products, marine craft and other manufactured componentry. High technology companies provide aviation maintenance and systems support to the Royal Australian Navy.

The logistics sector is growing as are education, building & construction, retail and tourism. Nowra is expected to double its population to over 60,000 by 2030.

Commercial centres exist in Berry, Bomaderry, North Nowra, Culburra, Huskisson, Sussex Inlet, Milton, Ulladulla with South Nowra - hosting one of the largest available industrial estates south of Sydney.

We are committed to local jobs and servicing our growing businesses and have developed an innovative vocational education sector, with University, TAFE, Community College and private sector options. As a major regional centre with a maturing economy you won’t go far to find professional business services and good availability of skilled employees, including a constant inflow of talented sea/tree changers.

High speed broadband makes interstate, international operations or tele-commuting viable. For international or interstate distribution; rail and road connects to Ports Kembla and Botany. Sydney International Airport is less than 2 hours away.

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