New South Wales (NSW) is a great place to live and work. The regions of NSW offer excellent work opportunities and great lifestyle benefits.
Sydney, the capital of NSW, is a major global economic and cultural hub. It is the city of choice for a diverse range of businesses and industries. It is Australia's leading city, servicing the Australian as well as Asian, American and European markets and home to over 4.5 million people.
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Sydney combines job opportunities with the potential to grow your career, with a diverse range of lifestyles that suits you. Further information on how to start your career and life in Sydney is available in:
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Quality of life
Australia is blessed with fine weather, friendly people and a stunning and diverse natural landscape. Its lifestyle is similar to that of North America and Europe when it comes to work and leisure, and Australia and North America share similar legal systems, education systems and business cultures.
Australia's quality of life is consistently rated at or near the top in Asia and globally, according the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook. As the most multicultural city in the Asia Pacific, Sydney's cultural diversity has produced a society that is creative, open and friendly - over a third of Sydney's population was born overseas, with a large proportion of the population speaking a language other than English at home, and more than 200 languages spoken at any moment in Sydney. So, wherever you come from you'll feel at home in Sydney.
Sydney offers a secure environment for families, with excellent facilities and infrastructure.
- Sydney is ranked number 10 out of 221 cities in the 2012 Mercer Worldwide Quality of Living Survey compiled by Mercer Human Resource Consulting.
- In 2011, Sydney was ranked as the third best city 'brand' in the world and was ranked first in the people, place and pre-requisites categories.
- Sydney is the only Australian city in the top 20 for A.T. Kearney's 2012 Global Cities Index, Knight Frank's Global Cities Survey, and the Global Financial Centres Index.
- Newcastle, NSW's second largest city, has been ranked in Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2011 because of its surf beaches, a sun-drenched subtropical climate and diverse dining, nightlife and arts.
World class education and training
As Australia's largest State, NSW offers world class training and education.
NSW is one of the world's favourite destinations for students seeking a first-class education. Our schools have an international reputation for high quality curriculum and innovative teaching.
- NSW is home to five of the top 100 academic institutions in the Asia Pacific, as ranked by the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.
- In December 2011, there were 152,388 international students enrolled in NSW tertiary courses, representing 37% of all tertiary student enrolments in Australia.
Dynamic cultural centre
Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city, set on a stunning harbour. Our State's capital city is home to two of the world's most recognisable icons − the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney is a dynamic cultural centre that has a rich year-round program of world-class performances and events. The city also offers outstanding theatres, great shopping, museums and art galleries and restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world.
NSW has an abundance of natural beauty with more than 820 national parks and reserves. They protect landscapes from rainforests and rugged bush to marine wonderlands and outback deserts. You'll find campsites ranging from luxurious settings to quiet wilderness clearings, and walking tracks to suit every level of experience.
Visas & migration
New South Wales welcomes business and skilled migrants to Sydney and NSW as well as expatriate Australians returning after working overseas. FindRead More
Standard & cost of living
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Entertainment & leisure
New South Wales (NSW) is a culturally sophisticated State where leisure pursuits can range from the active - sailing, swimming, bushwalking, surfingRead More
Getting around NSW is easy by road. Sydney's public transport system is comprehensive; you can travel by bus, train, monorail and lightRead More
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