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09 March 2021


The NSW Government will aggressively target international and local businesses through a new body – Investment NSW – designed to attract billions of dollars into the state and drive the economy to recovery.

Investment NSW will take advantage of NSW’s successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and our position as a safe place to do business.

The new body reflects the Government’s central focus on jobs, skills and investment, which forms part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said as NSW moves toward the next stage of the COVID-19 recovery, Investment NSW presents a timely opportunity for businesses both internationally and domestically.


16 February 2021

Grants of up to $30,000 are now available for the NSW regional business events sector, thanks to a NSW Government funding boost which aims to turbocharge local economies and create more jobs.  

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the opening of the $500,000 NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund could not have come at a better time, as the return of more face-to-face events ramps up following the COVID-19 pandemic.  He also encouraged new or existing business events to work with Destination NSW to identify ways they can grow and promote their conference or business event in NSW.

Applications for the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund are now open and close on 30 April.  


16 February 2021

Greater Sydney is the star of an omnichannel $2.5 million tourism campaign inviting residents to fall in love with their city again and give local businesses a much-needed boost. 

Destination NSW’s Sydney Love It Like You Mean It campaign, which kicked off the NSW Government’s CBD revitalisation program late last year, is an invitation to Sydneysiders to enjoy a rejuvenating staycation or a fun-filled day or night out to see a musical, a live performance or an exhibition; to shop, dine or visit one of the many attractions.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government was committed to restoring vibrancy to Greater Sydney and helping businesses impacted by COVID-19 quickly get back on track.  


16 February 2021

The NSW Government is giving the state’s regional visitor economy a $3 million boost through a funding program to support the development of new attractions and visitor infrastructure and to refresh existing tourism products. 

The Destination NSW program will help businesses and regional communities recover from the impact of drought, floods, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic by creating jobs, enhancing the appeal of regional NSW, and improving the quality of the visitor experience.

The Tourism Product Development Fund comprises two streams: 

  • Refresh and Renew Fund: offering $10,000 grants to regional tourism operators to update their product or experience 

  • Experience Enhancement Fund: provides between $50,000 and $150,000 in matched funding to assist operators upgrade existing accommodation to be 4 to 5-star, upgrade business and leisure event venues and facilities, repurpose existing infrastructure to provide new facilities or experiences not currently available within the destination, or to create new tourism attractions or experiences. 

Applications are now open and close on 31 March 2021.


16 December 2020

Local communities across Australia, especially those hardest hit by the loss of regional tourism, are a step closer to sharing in $200 million under a  fifth round of the successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). 

The guidelines have now been released and can be found at www.business.gov.au/bbrf meaning local proponents can now start developing their applications.

Applications open on 12 January 2021 and close on 5 March 2021. 


19 November 2020

Virtual and Face to Face information sessions are opportunities to talk with our uniformed personnel who can impart their experience of life in the Australian Defence Force.


In these sessions the team explains ADF lifestyle and benefits, roles that are available and the different methods of entry, education and citizenship eligibility requirements and the fitness standards. They also talk about the application process, how to get started and what resources are available to assist.


18 November 2020

The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative, announced as part of the 2020-21 Commonwealth Budget, will assist businesses to test and develop 5G applications, services and products. It is an open and competitive grants program to fund trials demonstrating different future 5G use cases to help build Australia's 5G ecosystem.

A discussion paper for the Initiative has been released, with feedback to inform the development of the grant guidelines for the initiative. Your comment and feedback to the dsicussion paper by 11 December 2020 would be appreciated. 


06 November 2020

Read article on the Economic Development Journal, special edition on the circular economy by Julie Mc'Alpin from RDA Sydney.


06 November 2020

Applications are now open for chair positions for the six Regional Development Committees across Australia. 

From 2021, RDA Chairs will lead their Committees under a refreshed charter that focuses their role on driving investment and local procurement opportunities and through this, creating jobs and economic growth for our regions. 


28 October 2020

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, today announced a range of changes to CDIC grant programs to provide greater support for Australia’s defence industry.

The changes are part of a $1 billion investment package to boost Australia’s defence industry and support thousands of jobs across the country. This includes the announcement of an additional $24 million in funding for defence industry grants over the next 2 financial years.

Key changes include increases in minimum and maximum grant funding and lowering of the co-contribution requirement for industry. The changes will make it easier for Australian small to medium businesses to access funding support.


28 October 2020


RDA Sydney is privileged to be able to share the opportunity to advance the Charter for Aviation Skills in Australia with its counterparts in the RDA network, industry and associations across the country. Inviting all RDAs to participate is a feature of RDA Hunter’s MOU with Pennant International Group’s Aviation Skills Foundation, which was signed in January this year.

RDAs in ACT, Goldfields Esperance (WA), Hunter, Illawarra, Murraylands Riverland (SA), Northern Rivers, Riverina, Sydney, Townsville NWQ, Wide Bay Burnett and WA’s Wheatbelt have joined together to recognition of the importance of aviation as an economic driver in our regions and signed on to support the Charter.

The Charter for Aviation Skills sets out a straightforward five-point plan to address the sector’s skills shortages by working collaboratively on activities to build skills pathways and careers in aviation.


16 October 2020

The new manufacturing strategy has the vision for Australia to be recognised as a high quality and sustainable nation that helps deliver a strong, modern and resilient economy for all Australians.

 It will focus on the following four pillars:

1. Getting the economic conditions right for business

2. Making science and technology work for industry

3. Focusing on areas of advantage

4. Building national resilience for a strong economy. 


01 October 2020

The Morrison Government is launching a new era of Australian manufacturing, as part of our JobMaker Plan to rebuild the economy, create jobs and recover from the COVID-19 recession.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said around $1.5 billion in new funding will be invested over the next four years in the Modern Manufacturing Strategy to make Australian manufacturers more competitive, resilient and able to scale-up to take on the world.


The centrepiece of the Strategy is the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI), which will see the Government strategically invest in projects that help manufacturers to scale up and create jobs.


The MMI will support projects within six National Manufacturing Priorities which reflect Australia’s established competitive advantages or emerging areas of priority:

  • Resources technology and critical minerals processing

  • Food and beverage

  • Medical products

  • Recycling and clean energy

  • Defence

  • Space


Industry will be engaged to co-design tailored road maps for each of the priority sectors to set clear goals over the next two, five and 10 years, and identify the barriers and opportunities that will guide action and investment.

The Strategy will also address the competitiveness of individual manufacturers in our priority sectors, with a $52.8 million expansion of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.


A $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative will support projects that address an identified supply chain vulnerability.



05 October 2020

Yesterday, the Hon. Michaela Cash (Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business), announced that as part of the Morrison Government's COVID-19 economic recovery plan there would be an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or trainees.

The subsidy will be available to employers of any size or industry, Australia-wide who engage an Australian apprentice or trainee from today, 5 October 2020 until the 100,000 cap is reached.

Under the new measure, employers will be eligible for 50 per cent of the wages for a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for the period up to 30 September 2021, up to $7,000 per quarter.


18 September 2020

Over 50 startups and a dynamic startup ecosystem were identified in North Sydney through a research project conducted by North Sydney Council and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sydney.

Dr Robert Lang, Chair of RDA Sydney, stated that “Startups, and the ecosystem they are part of, have the potential to provide innovative solutions to market challenges, scale quickly and grow local jobs. As we adapt to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, startups will be more vital than ever.”

Recommended by this research project, is a joint Council and RDA Sydney roundtable discussion inviting relevant stakeholders and experts, which will be held on 24 September 2020.


14 September 2020

To encourage the uptake of drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, the Australian Government has released a National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development the Hon Michael McCormack MP said the consultation process would help the Government implement a National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy to support the development, jobs and growth of this emerging sector.


The Department welcomes submissions from RDA Committees and other regional stakeholders. 


11 September 2020

The Government has announced a $50 million injection to help restart Australia’s vital business events sector.

Businesses will be encouraged to attend events, trade shows and conferences within Australia through grants to help cover the costs associated with exhibiting such as the hire of exhibition spaces, the design and manufacture of displays, travel and accommodation.


Australian businesses exhibiting at an approved business meeting, convention, conference and incentives event in 2021 will be able to apply for upfront grants to cover up to 50 per cent of their costs ($10,000 - $250,000).


The program will be administered through the Australian Government’s Business Grants Hub, with guidelines developed in consultation with the government and industry stakeholders.


Click here for information


03 September 2020

The Senate today passed legislation to implement the Payment Times Reporting Scheme, which will shine a light on large business payment performance.

Under the scheme, large businesses and applicable government enterprises with a total annual income of over $100 million will have to report publicly on how they pay their small business suppliers.


04 September 2020

North Sydney Council engaged Regional Development Australia Sydney and a UTS student to undertake a research project to scope the North Sydney startup ecosystem.

The research findings identify that North Sydney has startups across a range of industries with a relative focus on finance, medtech, business services, health and well-being, and IT/software. Other key elements of the ecosystem include business support, networks, research, investors and funding.


01 September 2020

More than 900,000 job seekers are set to benefit from local jobs taskforces with specialised expertise and knowledge to get more Australians back into work.


Recognising the importance of local knowledge, the Morrison Government is investing $62.8 million in a Local Jobs Program to support the nation’s recovery. As part of the program, 14 Employment Facilitators, in addition to the existing 11 facilitators, will be engaged and expanded to help connect job seekers to local employment opportunities.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said tailoring solutions specific to each local area was vital to helping regions recover. “Small and family businesses rely on their local communities and we want to tap into their expertise and connections to get people working again” Minister Cash said.


20 August 2020

The Australian Government will invest $2 billion to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retaining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities.

The package consist of:

  • The new $1 billion JobTrainer program to provide up to an additional 340,700 training places to help school leavers and job seekers access short and long courses to develop new skills. Courses will be free or low cost in areas of identified need, with the Australian Government providing $500 million with matched contributions from state and territory governments.

  • An additional $1.5 billion will expand the wage incentive program to help keep apprentices in work. This builds on the initial $1.3 billion package announced in March. In addition to small businesses already covered, the wage subsidy will now be available to medium businesses with less than 200 employees for apprentices employed as at 1 July 2020.


26 June 2020

The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Sydney in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by Chair Dr Robert Lang, RDA Sydney’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.

Supporting Australia's Creative Economy

25 June 2020

The package addresses urgent needs within the sector and complements existing whole-of-economy support and assistance measures already in place. It builds on $27 million provided through the Relief and Recovery Fund to support Indigenous visual arts, regional arts and live music and performance. In total, the Government has now provided $277 million of targeted specific assistance to the cultural and creative sector in 2020, on top of support through JobKeeper, JobSeeker and Cashflow Payments.

Millennials moving to regional areas, report finds, as housing affordability and lack of commute prove attractive

23 June 2020

A new report assessing population trends in Australia is challenging the perception that young people in the country are itching to leave for the big smoke.

The report, "Big Movers: Population Mobility in Australia", released today looks at population movements and data between the last two national censuses in 2011 and 2016.

13 Million Package to Boost Regional Exports

16 June 2020

NSW small and medium exporters will benefit from almost $13 million in support programs aimed at creating jobs and supporting the regions, including a $10,000 Exporter Assistance Grant.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro said the Government was investing in the regions and reinvigorating export industries impacted by COVID-19.

Penrith Economic Recovery Taskforce

01 June 2020

Penrith Economic Recovery Taskforce will help economic recovery with the purpose of bringing together the City’s key partners to develop and guide local solutions to support Penrith’s recovery.

The task force will:

-Produce a 30 day response plan and a 100 day recovery plan as part of their initial actions.

-Support Council’s leadership and advocacy on key issues for the City and Western Sydney Region.

-Assist Council in leveraging the opportunities provided through the City’s infrastructure improvements and will look to better understand and promote other opportunities that already exist.

A three-step framework for a Covidsafe Australia

08 May 2020

This infographic outlines the Australian Government's 3-step framework to create a COVIDSafe society with new ways of living and working.

Boost for Bushfire recovery

11 May 2020

Local economic recovery plans will help towns and regions hit by bushfires get back on their feet as part of a new $650 million package of support from the Australian Government.

International startups go online to strengthen Sydney’s economy

24 April 2020

The #City of Sydney partnered with #Haymarket HQ to provide virtual support to #startups and #entrepreneurs by linking them to a #mentor expert in their area. Since the program started, 10 startups valued at $50 million have entered the #local #market!

Planning changes to support growth in renewable energy projects. 

24 April 2020

The NSW Government has cut planning red tape to facilitate greater flexibility and innovation in the state’s growing #renewable #energy sector.

City of Parramatta supports businesses with new interactive website

24 April 2020

The City of Parramatta recently launched the #COVID19 'Local Business Finder' - an interactive online map that helps people find businesses in the Parramatta CBD that are still trading, as well as nearby free and short-term parking spots.

Job ads collapse as one in five workers lose their income in a month

16 April 2020

The Australian jobs market is in free fall, with a collapse in the number of positions vacant across every industry and claims up to one in five people have already lost their income as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down the economy.

Ahead of Thursday's release of the March jobs report, which is expected to show one of the biggest monthly increases in unemployment on record, special analysis of job advertisements by online search company Indeed points to the trouble facing at-risk workers and those hoping for employment.

Exporters given access to $500m in loans

15 April 2020

Australian exporters struggling under pressure from coronavirus will get access to business-saving loans through a new $500 million fund. 

Loans between $250,000 and $50 million will be available to established and previously profitable exporters unable to gain finance from commercial sources.

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund - AusIndustry

18 September 2019

The $50 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund supports manufacturers to modernise, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create more jobs by co-funding capital investments and associated re-skilling. Modernisation can include technology upgrades, efficiency upgrades, such as energy or process optimisation, or more transformative changes to your business, which will allow you to produce new products or diversify into new markets.

Pulse of Greater Sydney - report by Greater Sydney Commission

14 August 2019

The Pulse of Greater Sydney brings together data from a range of government agencies to measure progress on implementation of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and the five District Plans.

Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019 released

14 August 2019

The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit has been released and covers transport, energy, water, telecommunications and – for the first time – social infrastructure, and looks at the major challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s infrastructure over the next 15 years and beyond. 

Household, Income & Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey

16 July 2019

The 14th annual statistical HILDA report has been released. Produced by The Melbourne Institute, the latest findings from this longitudinal survey show Australians how different aspects of their lives have changed over time.

Star Wars comes to Sydney as ILM commits to studio 

16 July 2019

More than 500 local jobs will be created when Disney-owned visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) sets up a new studio in Sydney, establishing NSW as a global destination for post, digital and visual effects (PDV).

NSW Government releases Business Size report

4 July 2019

This report illustrates the range and distribution of employing businesses in NSW and the Australian economy, from micro to large size categories. It explores each size category’s economic contribution, dominant industries and innovation and productivity characteristics. 

Inside Australian Online Shopping 2019

1 July 2019

Did you know that Liverpool (postcode 2170) is the 4th leading online buying location by volume in Australia? Some interesting facts and amazing trends in online shopping can be found in this recently released report by Australia Post.

SMEs a Priority for Defence

1 July 2019

Defence Industry minister Melissa Price has recommitted government to maximising opportunities for local SME’s in Defence procurement, and to focus on harnessing the innovation potential of the Australian defence sector.

International Maritime Expo stays in Sydney

28 June 2019

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has announced the state has successfully locked-in Sydney as the home of one of the world’s largest biannual defence and maritime industry events, the PACIFIC International Maritime Expo, for 2019 and 2021.

NSW Government to Invest $12.5 million in ANSTO

28 May 2019

The New South Wales Government (NSW) is set to invest more than $12.5 million into the Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) Innovation Precinct at the Lucas Heights campus in Sydney.

Five year housing supply forecast released

17 May 2019

NSW Department of Planning and Environment Executive Director, Justin Douglas, said the new forecast shows almost 192,000 new dwellings will be built across the city during 2018/19-2022/23. “Sydney needs to build 725,000 new homes in the next 20 years, or around 36,000 per annum, to accommodate a growing population,” Mr Douglas said. 

USyd a key player in CRC for Smart Satellite Technologies

16 May 2019

The University of Sydney will be a key player in one of the most significant space industry research concentrations in Australia as part of a new Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Satellite Technologies and Analytics.

Why you need to know about Campbelltown

26 April 2019

In addition to its location along Sydney’s major North South transport route and designation as a Growth Centre, Campbelltown’s strengths include being a source of jobs, a relatively young population, affordable housing and commitment to urban planning.

Cyber Vouchers

9 April 2019

The Cyber Vouchers initiative encourages NSW small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate with NSW Cyber Security Network (NSW CSN) University Members on cyber security research projects.

Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge

9 April 2019

The City of Sydney is calling for ideas to boost the diversity of housing across the city and wider community, with a focus on identifying and developing new models to increase affordable alternative housing supply.

45% of all national air freight through Sydney Airport

18 March 2019

Sydney airport commanded approximately 45% of national airfreight in 2017-18, according to a report released by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. 

H.I.Fraser Awarded Key Role in Submarine Rescue Service 

7 March 2019

The Department of Defence has awarded Phoenix International Australia the Submarine Rescue Service (SRS) contract valued in excess of $255M and H.I.Fraser’s wholly owned subsidiary, H.I.Fraser Hyperbaric Solutions (HIFHS) is proud to be a key subcontractor during the acquisition phase of this venture. 

Digital Western Sydney Parkland - call for prospectus

1 March 2019

The NSW Government, with the Australian Government and the eight Local Government partners are putting a call to industry to assist in the development of the Digital Western Parkland City.This Call for Prospectus is the first step in helping Government assess the level of industry interest in being involved in the Digital Western Parkland City Program. 

Number of Small Businesses in NSW is Growing

26th February 2019

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows NSW is leading the country in small business creation with net growth of close to 30,000 actively trading NSW small businesses in the 2017-18 financial year.

Latest Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) 

19th February 2019

The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) increased by 1.3% in January 2019, reaching its highest level since March 2012. The IVI stands 3.3% above the level recorded a year ago and 30.7% (or 44,300 advertisements) higher than the level recoded five years ago.

Advanced Manufacturing Connect Program

18th February 2019

NSW advanced manufacturers are invited to register to participate in the Advanced Manufacturing Connect program. The Connect program aims to strengthen engagement and collaboration across the industry.

Activate Sydney@Night Grants

4th February 2019

The NSW Government has announced grants to support the night-time and creative economies in Sydney. Applications close 28 February 2019.

National Awards for Local Government

1st February 2019

The Awards program seeks to recognise and promote innovative and resourceful solutions being driven by local government and making a positive impact in Australian communities.

Economic Development Growth and the Craft Beer Industry 

12 November 2018

Regional Development Australia Sydney, Economic Development Australia and Inner West Brewery Association invite you to a forum to explore the growth of the craft beer industry and local economic impact.

GSC - A Metropolis that Works

26 October 2018

The economic significance of industrial and urban services lands in Greater Sydney is the focus of the first in a series of new thought leadership papers by the Greater Sydney Commission. A Metropolis that Works, raises awareness of the challenges Greater Sydney faces in best managing its industrial and urban services lands.

Western Sydney Investment Attraction Fund

22 October 2018

The Western Sydney Investment Attraction Fund is a $5 million investment by the NSW Government that will supercharge fast-growing small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Western Sydney and attract new high-value knowledge-based jobs and investment to the region.

Building Better Regions Fund Round 3

9 October 2018

The $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. For Round 3, $200 million is available, with up to $45 million of this funding earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects.

Nokia and University of Technology Sydney launch 5G skills accelerator

8 October 2018

Nokia has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to launch a new training facility - the Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator - that will increase Australian industry knowledge and skills in next-generation telecommunications technologies such as 5G and foster their integration into Australian academic programs.

2019 Science and Innovation Awards for young people in agriculture, fisheries and forestry

21 September 2018

Applications are now open for the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards.  If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 (inc GST) to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Be part of making a difference in agriculture. 

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs

21st September 2018

Provides grants from $150,000 to $1.5 million to help establish and/or operate Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) export hubs in the six Growth Centre sectors. The export hubs will work with Growth Centres to facilitate SME export opportunities. Deadline for applications is 15th October 2018.

Seeking Applications for Project Officer Economic Development - NOW CLOSED

10th July 2018

The Project Officer Economic Development will provide support to the Executive Officer and Snr Project Manager to develop new project opportunities, deliver SME workshops currently contracted, conduct desk research as required, reach out to current and potential partners to scope needs and challenges, provide secretariat support to sector networks when required.

The Catalyst

4th July 2018

Latest news from RDA Sydney.

NSW Government support for people at risk of homelessness

27th June 2018

Up to 255 people at risk of or experiencing homelessness will be rapidly housed for up to three years and provided with access to health, education and employment services.

The NSW Government will establish a new world-class health, research and education precinct in Liverpool

26th June 2018

The precinct, to be located at Liverpool Hospital, will showcase Liverpool as a hub for innovation and emerging technologies, boost the economy and double the number of jobs in the health and education sectors to about 30,000 by 2036.

City of Sydney Night-time Diversification Grants

21st June 2018

City of Sydney night-time diversification grants support new events and activities to help businesses attract customers in the evenings.

Businesses can apply for up to $30,000 matched cash funding for projects. This means if the project application is successful City of Sydney will match what is spent over the course of the project dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000. 

AUSA 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition

13th June 2018

EOI: The Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA) is the largest land warfare exposition in North America. Each year it attracts approximately 30,000 attendees from the world-wide defence community, including senior Army leaders, key military decision makers, the United States defence industrial base and international delegations. AUSA provides a valuable opportunity for the Australian defence industry to showcase its cutting edge capabilities.