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Why choose Sydney and New South Wales?

With a vibrant economy, abundant natural beauty, diverse communities and energising culture, education and lifestyle environment, Sydney and New South Wales (NSW) are uniquely positioned to help you realise your investment and business potential.

NSW is Australia's oldest, largest and most multicultural state. It's home to a diverse population of 7.7 million people with over 200 different languages spoken in the state.

As the capital city of NSW, Sydney is a major global and Asia-Pacific cultural hub. The city is famously recognised by the iconic design of its Opera House and towering, arched Harbour Bridge.

The state's economy

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The NSW economy is a regional economic powerhouse in one of the most stable political and regulatory environments in the world. Within Australia, it is the largest state economy and home to 45% of the top 500 enterprises in Australia. Sydney is a key financial hub for the Asia-Pacific region while Regional NSW has large agriculture and mining sectors, strong manufacturing, energy, visitor economy and services sectors.

NSW has recorded 26 years of uninterrupted growth and stood out as the top destination for Chinese direct investment in 2014, attracting 72% of Chinese investments. In fact, Cantonese and Mandarin languages are the most common non-English languages spoken in NSW.

Climate and lifestyle

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In the state's metropolitan hubs or its regional areas, living in NSW offers both business and investment opportunities, and amazing lifestyle benefits.

Sydney is famous for its warm climate and sunshine. Located on the southeast coast of Australia, parts of the city enjoy a year-round sea breeze. Blessed with blue skies and clean air, the sun shines more than 340 days a year on average.

This provides Sydney and NSW residents with almost yearlong opportunities to experience the state's stunning nature, burgeoning food and wine scene, and exciting local events and festivals.

World's friendliest city

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Sydney is renowned for having the best quality of living standards of any major Australian city and has been voted the 'world's friendliest city'.

Chinese communities have long formed a vibrant and important part of Sydney's character. The city is home to the largest Chinese population in Australia and boasts the biggest Chinese New Year festival outside of China.

Chinese languages are the most common non-English languages spoken in NSW, with nearly 5% of the NSW population speaking Cantonese and Mandarin.

Sydney and NSW locals enjoy easy access to safe and delicious fresh food, clean purified drinking water and a wealth of exciting dining experiences. Savoury food is accompanied by some of the world's best wines, locally grown in NSW from the world-class Hunter Valley region.

Education and culture

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NSW is a leading destination for international students and proud to count several universities in the top 100 in the world, including the University of Sydney – the oldest university in Australia.

Sydney boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene with many galleries, museums and performance venues. Sydney Opera House, arguably the world's most iconic stage, hosts some of Australia's most well regarded performers.

Culture continues beyond the city with top class music performances, art galleries and exhibitions hosted throughout Regional NSW.

Simple and easy state migration program

Business, investor and entrepreneur migrants, including Significant Investors, make an important contribution to the economy of Sydney and NSW. We are continuously improving our program to ensure NSW remains a competitive business migration destination.

Find out more about how Sydney and NSW can help you start achieve your business and lifestyle potential in Australia:

How to apply

A straightforward three-step application process, for all your business or investor NSW visa nominations, including the Significant Investor visa (SIV)

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'Sydney and New South Wales. Your future starts here' - an overview of starting a business, investing, working and living in NSW

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Migration resources, your dedicated hub of information