New South Wales
New South Wales occupies over 10% of the Australian continent, comprising 800,628 square kilometres, and is home to around one-third of Australia's population. Natural features divide NSW into four main regions extending from north to south – the coast, the tableland, the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, and the western plains. The coastline features numerous sandy beaches, inlets, and river estuaries.
NSW is situated entirely in the temperate zone, its climate is generally mild and mostly free from extremes of heat and cold, but very high temperatures are experienced in the north-west and very cold temperatures on the southern tablelands.
Sydney the capital city, is Australia's most populated city, and is a diverse, vibrant place to live and work. In 2006, the NSW population was 6,549,177, almost a third of the people living in NSW were born overseas, and over 2% were Indigenous. The NSW Gross State Product was $310, 091 million in 2005–06, and significant industries include finance and insurance, property and business services, health and community services, manufacturing, construction, and retail trade.
As the most multicultural city in the Asia Pacific, Sydney’s diversity has produced a society that is creative, open and friendly. Sydney offers a secure environment for families, with excellent infrastructure in health care, education, transport and telecommunications.
In the latest worldwide liveability index conducted by The Economist Sydney rated 9th out of the 140 cities surveyed.
Regional NSW also offers many lifestyle advantages for business people and their families, including a relaxed way of life and friendly communities.
The growing population of large inland centres like Wagga Wagga, Albury, Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and Tamworth,
and coastal cities such as Newcastle, Wollongong and Coffs Harbour, has turned these towns into bustling centres
that boast all the cosmopolitan influences, sporting, entertainment and leisure activities of any growing city.
The New South Wales economy is the largest and most diverse in Australia. The value of the goods and services produced in the State is higher than many national economies in the Asia Pacific. More than 80% of New South Wales' industry income is derived from services, highlighting the strength of its knowledge-based business services and creative industries. Sydney itself contributes nearly one quarter of Australia’s gross domestic product.