Supporting small business
The NSW Small Business Strategy aims to make NSW the easiest place to start or grow a business.
Through the Easy to do Business program, managed by the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, the NSW Government has invested over $15 million to create an online, one-stop shop for business customers, streamlining the way businesses transact with government, and cutting time and costs.
The $30 million Business Connect business advisory program, managed by the Department of Industry, provides advice through a network of business advisors across NSW to support digital readiness and increase industry capabilities, to reach new markets and support business growth.
The NSW Government provides opportunities for leading NSW companies to showcase their capabilities by trade shows at major industry events.
Eastern Harbour City: Mobile Business Advisors are based at Harbour CBD, Inner West, Randwick, Ryde, North Sydney and Northern Beaches. Specialist services include digital, creative industries, access to finance, disability sector, skills and disruption along the Sydney Light Rail construction route.
Western Parkland City: Mobile Business Advisors are based at Katoomba, Narellan, Penrith and Springwood. Specialist services include digital, creative industries, access to finance, disability sector, skills and multicultural.
Central River City: Mobile Business Advisors are based at Castle Hill, Fairfield and Parramatta. Specialist services include digital, creative industries, access to finance, disability sector, skills and multicultural.
Education and training
International Education Strategy: StudyNSW collaborates with education institutions, industry and local government in Western Sydney on implementing programs that enhance the student experience for international students. Western Sydney University is a main provider of higher education in the Central River and Western Parkland cities. Other campuses include University of Sydney (at Camden, Cumberland, and Westmead), Charles Sturt University (Parramatta) and the University of Wollongong (Liverpool).
Training Services NSW: Training Services NSW is responsible for implementing funded programs, including Smart and Skilled, apprenticeships and traineeships, adult and community education, and Aboriginal employment and business development.
Smart and Skilled: This program is available to support full and part qualifications in the vocational education and training sector. Much of the expected jobs growth in Western Sydney will require people with these qualifications. Smart and Skilled funding can be used to prepare people for employment by providing foundation and basic technical skills. It can also be used to up-skill existing workers. SkillsPoints are being established by TAFE NSW to deliver industry based training products and contribute to innovation to support the growth and development of the region.
Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program: This program enables NSW to benefit from an employment and skills development outcome from the $73.3 billion infrastructure investment. Targets have been set, as part of the tender process for demonstration pilots for apprentices, learning workers, women in non-traditional pathways including trade occupations, Aboriginal participation, youth and local employment. Training Services NSW is working with a number of government agencies and principal contractors to embed the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program targets in projects for Western Sydney. The NSW Government has allocated $10 million over four years for project coordination statewide to the program.
Refugee Employment Support Program: This program supports refugees and asylum seekers into sustainable and skilled employment. It helps participants develop career plans and links them to employers, and assists with recognition of their overseas skills and qualifications, education and training. The program will assist up to 4,250 refugees and 1,000 asylum seekers across Western Sydney with an allocation of $22 million over four years.
Aboriginal programs for Western Sydney: Training Services NSW provides support for Aboriginal people in NSW including Smart and Skilled, the Way Ahead Aboriginal Mentoring Services, Aboriginal Enterprise Development advisory services and the New Careers for Aboriginal People job brokerage service.
The Western Sydney Aboriginal Centre of Excellence is a $20 million investment in a cultural and skills hub for Aboriginal youth in Western Sydney. Western Sydney has a significant Aboriginal population and is an area of significant population and economic growth. As well as providing opportunities for strengthening individual and community resilience, this initiative will focus on ensuring that local Aboriginal people, particularly young people, are equipped for opportunities stemming from growth. A key objective of the initiative will be to deliver programs and services that support young Aboriginal people making the transition from school into further education and employment.
As Australia’s prime international gateway, Greater Sydney welcomes around 3.75 million international visitors who stay 77.7 million nights and spend $9.03 billion a year. The tourism industry contributed $15.4 billion to the economy (4.7 per cent of Gross Domestic Product) and directly employed 74,300 people in 2014–15. Strong growth in the visitor economy is across all facets including business, leisure and visiting friends and family.
Destination NSW has developed the Western Sydney Visitor Economy Strategy and will continue to secure and grow events in Western Sydney.
Visitors’ experiences are shaped by major attractions and events and equally by the places they visit, the facilities available and how their needs are met.
The Western Sydney Airport creates opportunities for the Western Parkland City to become an alternative to the Eastern Harbour City for international tourists with more affordable accommodation and attractions like the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Aboriginal heritage, historic rural villages and scenic landscapes.
Alliances between councils and key industry stakeholders create opportunities to cross-promote events, develop and support a wider range of activities and, importantly, realise the opportunities as the Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis develops.
The Central River City tourism offer is multifaceted. Sydney Olympic Park is a major attractor, hosting sporting and cultural events. Visitation is set to increase with investment in institutions such as the Western Sydney Stadium, Stadium Australia Redevelopment and a new museum in Parramatta.
In the Eastern Harbour City, alongside iconic landmarks, beaches and the Harbour is the network of cultural institutions and conference centres. Linking business and leisure visits provides better experiences and has widespread benefits.